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is that a French Chef in our kitchen?

Ready to elevate your next event into a gourmet dining experience that you and your loved ones will talk about for years to come? Then allow classically trained French Chef Francis Pons to convert your home into a four-star restaurant with private dining.

Chef Francis Turns the Tables

Classically trained Chef Francis is based on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. He can make any dream dish & menu happen in the privacy of your home. Furthermore, Chef Francis’ resume includes a lineage of dinners prepared for the entire Jersey Shore! Service available in Metro New York, North Jersey & other areas. 

Why Choose a Private Chef?

When we eat, we connect. A private dining experience in your home brings everyone together for a common purpose: the creation of a delicious feast that everyone will enjoy and won’t soon forget.
Hiring a personal chef is also the perfect treat for a loved one who spends a lot of time in the kitchen and needs a break.

How Does Private Dining Work?

Booking a private dining experience in your home is simple.

step one

create your dream menu

Take a look at our sample dishes below for inspiration. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Not a problem. This is a customized dining experience, made just for you and your loved ones. We are happy to assist in the menu and wine pairing process.

step two

Set the Stage

We’ll discuss details of your private dining event, such as the size of your party, location, budget and time frame (the average time for a private dining event is two to four hours). Invite your lucky guests and await the big day!

step three

Sit Back and Relax

On the designated time and day, we arrive at your home with everything needed to create a truly unique culinary experience. From prepping to cooking to serving and cleaning up, we make this a stress-free, relaxing dining event.

What are people saying about French Private Dining in the New Jersey/Metro NY/Philadelphia area?

“The food was fantastic!!! Chef Francis was great. He socialized just the right amount, and we appreciated his cleaning up afterward. All in all, a top-notch experience. We will not only be recommending him to friends, but we look forward to having him cook for us in the future. Thanks!!”
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Long Beach Island

Need A Little Inspiration?

Below are lists of dishes we’ve created in the past. From appetizers to entrees to inspired desserts, Chef Francis and his team are ready to create a dream meal for your next dinner party, anniversary or other key life event. 

If there is a dish you would like to have and do not see it, let us know and Chef will be happy to accommodate, if possible. For more inspiration, refer to our Visual Menu and Gallery as well.

belgian chocolate cake

•Chocolate Eclairs
•Chantilly Cream Puffs
•Homemade Crepes
•Vanilla & Chocolate Cream Puffs
•Italian Cheesecake
•Chocolate Mousse Cake
•Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake
•Nut Tarts (Walnut or Pecan)
•Apple Tatin
•Strawberry Shortcake
•Carrot Cake
•Crème Bruleè
•Crème Caramel
•Chocolate Mousse
•Occasion Cakes
•Fruit Tarts
•The Marquise (French Meringue, Fresh Raspberries & Jam, Belgian Chocolate Ganache)
•The Teardrop (Belgian Chocolate, Belgian Chocolate Mousse, Chantilly Creme & Brandy Liquor Cherry – Chef Francis’ signature dessert)

taglioni pasta

•Homemade Open Lobster Ravioli
•Cacio e Pepe
•Shrimp Scampi
•Linguini & Clam Sauce
•Homemade Tagliolini or Capellini, Choose Sauce

Open Lobster Ravioli

•Dover Sole
•Chilean Sea Bass
•Red Snapper
•Viking Village Scallops
•Orata & Bronzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass)
•Marinated Grilled Salmon Cutlets, Dill & Bearnaise Sauce
•Paella with Choice of Seafood, Chicken & Spanish Chorizo
•Viking Village Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto

Lobster en BelleVue Parisienne

•Seared Foie Gras with Golden Appled
•Foie Gras au Torchon on Toast (Homemade by Francis)
•Traditional French Escargot
•Escargot in Puff Pastry with Garlic & Butter Sauce
•Lobster en BelleVue Parisienne
•Lobster Cocktail with Mango
•Tuna Tartare
•Oysters Rockefeller
•Raw Bar: Your Choice with Accoutrements: Lemon, Cocktail & Mignonette Sauces (Add Vodka, etc. for Shooters)
•Marinated Grilled Octopus
•Viking Village Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto
•Shrimp Salad on Toast
•Shrimp Cocktail
•Shrimp Flambe with Cognac or Whiskey
•Shrimp Rolled Zucchini Tapenade

tuna tartare & mango

•Homemade Chicken Fingerd
•Homemade Pigs in Blanket
•Gazpacho in Shot Glasses
•Eggplant Caponata in Shot Glasses
•Dried Prunes Wrapped in Bacon
•Warm Camembert Cheese with Homemade Bread Twists (Add Prosciutto to Bread Twists)
•Mini Croque Monsieur: Ham & Cheese Sandwich with Bechamel Sauce on Top
•Domestic and/or Imported Cheese Platter with Crackers, Grapes & Berries
•Puff Pastry Tart with Grilled Zucchini, Sundried Tomato, Onion & Fresh Herbs
•Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart, Fresh Thyme, add Heirloom or Cherry Tomatoes
•Onion Galette: Garlic, Scallions & Onion Pie with Parmesan & Dijon Mustard
•Olive Tapenade (Olives, Capers, Spices, Anchovies) with Flatbreads, Pita or Crackers
•Zucchini Tart with Crumbled Sausage & Dijon
•Assorted Vegetable & Cheese Canapes
•Tri-Corne Canape with Asparagus & Alfredo Cheese

mixed green vegetables

•Green String Beans
•Rice Pilaf
•Saffron Rice
•Variety of Grilled Vegetables
•Glazed Baby Carrots
•Grilled Asparagus
•Stuffed or Sauteed Mushrooms
•Bayaldi (Roasted Eggplant, Tomato & Zucchini)
•Grilled Yukon Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
•Pommes Darphin
•Gratin Dauphinois
•Broccoli Rabe Sautéed in Fresh Garlic & Olive Oil
•Sauteed Spinach in Fresh Garlic & Olive Oil
•Broccoli and/or Cauliflower, Sautéed in Fresh Garlic & Olive Oil

veal osso bucco

•Sirloin in Brioche
•Rib-Eye Steak au Poivre
•Filet Mignon with a Variety of Sauces (Bordelaise, Madeira or Bernaise)
•Beef Bourguignon
•Breast of Duck, Variety of Sauces
•Tenderloin of Veal Medallions
•Veal Chop
•Veal Osso Bucco
•Pork Osso Bucco
•Rack of Lamb
•Coq au Vin
•Roasted Chicken
•Stuffed Turkey
•Chicken or Veal Francaise, Piccata, Parmigiana, Marsala or Saltimbocca
•Tenderloin of Pork with an Orange Gastric Sauce

goat cheese nuts berries raspberry sauce salad

•Arugula, Sliced Pears & Shaved Pecorino Romano with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette
•Spinach Salad with Orange & Grapefruit, Shrimp with Homemade Citrus Sauce
•Baby Greens, Cranberries, Walnuts, Fresh Raspberries, Goat/Feta/Blue Cheese & Homemade Raspberry Sauce
•Caesar (Add Grilled Chicken or Shrimp)
•Mixed Baby Greens Garden Salad with Homemade Dressing
•Caprese Salad: Sliced Homemade Mozzarella and Tomatoes with Balsamic Glaze


•French Onion
•New England Clam Chowder
•Lobster Bisque
•Butternut Squash – In Season
•Pumpkin – In Season

eggplant caponata

•Crab Salad on Toast
•Crab & Spinach in Philo Dough with Saffron Sauce
•Mini Crab Cakes
•Deviled Eggs with Crab
•Clams Casino with Prosciutto
•Clams Oreganata
•Steamed Clams, Fresh Garlic & White Wine
•Salmon Tartare
•Smoked Salmon Rolls with Avocado
•Salmon Mousse on Pumpernickel
•Smoked Salmon on Blinis
•Smoked Salmon & Crab Napoleon
•Steamed Mussels, Fresh Garlic & White Wine
•Herb Crusted Baby Lamb Chops
•Sirloin Beef Tips on Toast with Bearnaise Sauce

charcuterie board

•Stuffed Mushrooms
•Traditional Bruschetta
•Roasted Red Peppers & Homemade Mozzarella on Garlic Toast, Balsamic Glaze
•Avocado & Coconut on Toast
•Crudité Platter
•Italian Antipasti Platter or Charcuterie Board
•Variety of Tapas: Prosciutto, Chorizo, Mixed Olives, Roasted Peppers, Cheeses, Cured Meats
•Prosciutto & Cantaloupe
•Quiche (Veggie, Broccoli & Cheddar, Leeks, etc.)
•Deviled Eggs
•Pissaladiere: Similar to Pizza; Toppings Include Caramelized Onions, Anchovies, Tomatoes, Olives, Thyme, Cured Meats & Vegetables
•Caprese Skewers: Mozzarella Balls, Cherry Tomatoes, Drizzle of Pesto or Balsamic Glaze
•Bread Bowl Dips – Crab, Onion, Spinach, Hummus…with Bread Sticks, Bread & Crackers

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“We celebrated my mom's 85th birthday with her group of close friends, and it was nothing short of spectacular! Debra handled every little detail of the arrangements flawlessly. Chef Francis provided us with the most exquisite dining experience; we loved every single dish! The strawberry shortcake birthday cake was a masterpiece. Our server Brendan was fantastic: personable and paid close attention to each person's needs. It was an intimate and impressive evening and we could not be happier! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”
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Private Dining FAQs

We have provided private chef services for anniversaries, engagements, wedding parties, family reunions and birthday parties, to name a few. But there doesn’t have to be a reason. Just a night off from cooking is good enough!

You are welcome to take part in the cooking experience. Chef Francis loves to interact and share his vast culinary knowledge and is very personable. Or sit back and relax with your friends and loved ones while our team creates your dream menu. Learn More About Cooking Classes With Francis.

Absolutely no problem. Whether it’s gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or others, Chef Francis has provided delectable menus for everyone, regardless of dietary restrictions.

We offer pricing that is both fair and reasonable. Reach out to us so we can create a menu based on your budgetary needs. Factors to consider include:
● Number of guests
● The current market cost of menu/food items
● Chef Francis and additional staff (if necessary) 

We have served party sizes from two to 32. We build out a team of professional support staff based on your needs.

We employ all recommended CDC guidelines and Covid precautions prior to, upon entering, and until we leave your household. This includes meticulous sterilization of all equipment, masking, glove use, safe distancing, routine hand-washing, scrupulous review of all food touch points and more.

“Francis provides Personal Cheffing Services, Cooking Classes and Catering to the following regions:”


Long Beach Island
All Jersey Shore Communities
Manahawkin and Stafford Township
Little Egg Harbor
Forked River


Atlantic City
Sea Isle City
Cape May
All New Jersey State (North, South, West)
New York City and Boroughs
Greenwich, CT.
Philadelphia, PA

* Please inquire about areas not listed.

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