Hello and welcome! I'm Ted, the culinary craftsman behind the experiences you're about to embark upon. My journey into the culinary world began with a simple childhood nickname, which I've since transformed into a professional emblem of my dedication to creating lasting memories through the art of food, drink, and the joy of gathering. My passion for culinary arts and hospitality knows no bounds. It has propelled me across the United States, under the tutelage of some of the most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs. This quest for knowledge and mastery in cooking, catering, and the subtle art of celebration has been both my path and my destination. This journey has been rich and varied, taking me from coast to coast, culminating in the creation of my own celebrated establishments in Brooklyn, NY: Ted & Honey Cafe, Ted & Honey @ BLDG 92, and Parker Red Catering Events. Each venture has been a labor of love, a testament to my commitment to excellence in every cup, plate, and experience. My culinary adventures have not only been confined to the kitchen. I've had the privilege of showcasing my skills and creativity on national television, featuring on Food Network's "Chopped" and "Cook Your Ass Off." These experiences have honed my ability to innovate under pressure and furthered my resolve to elevate dining experiences to an art form. As your private chef, I bring this wealth of experience, a relentless drive for perfection, and a deep-seated desire to create joy through food directly to your table. Whether it's a cozy dinner for two, a bustling gathering of friends and family, or a chic cocktail party, I'm here to make each moment memorable with bespoke menus, crafted with love, and tailored to your unique tastes and needs. Join me in creating not just meals, but memories. Let's make every gathering a celebration, every dish a journey, and every bite a testament to the beauty of coming together over great food. Welcome to my table—where culinary dreams come alive. Yours in gastronomic delight, Ted

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Chef Ted

Chef Ted

A proud alumnus of Johnson & Wales University, I graduated Summa Cum Laude, a testament to my dedication and love for the culinary arts. My career began at the Stouffer Nashville Hotel, laying the foundation for a journey filled with growth, discovery, and accolades. Working under the tutelage of the acclaimed Chef Andrea Apuzzo in New Orleans, I honed my skills in crafting dishes that speak volumes of my passion and dedication.

My culinary adventure took me across the United States, from the vibrant kitchens of Bix in San Francisco, where I rose to the position of Sous Chef, to the renowned Jake’s in Philadelphia, earning 4 Mobile Stars and cementing my reputation in the culinary world. My journey didn’t stop there; I was recruited to open Six Penn Kitchen in Pittsburgh, PA, where I was honored with both Best Restaurant and Best Chef awards.

Brooklyn, NY, became the canvas for my entrepreneurial spirit, where, alongside my sister, I opened Ted & Honey Cafe, Ted & Honey Cafe @ BLDG 92, and Parker Red Catering Events by Ted & Honey. These ventures not only showcased my culinary prowess but also my ability to create spaces that resonate with warmth and joy.

My culinary skills caught the eye of the Food Network, leading to appearances on “Chopped” and “Cook Your Ass Off,” further solidifying my presence in the culinary world. Craving new challenges and environments to spread my culinary wings, I relocated to Charleston, SC, and unveiled The Westendorff Restaurant, greeted with rave reviews.

Today, as the Director of Food Service and Executive Chef at Franke at Seaside in Mount Pleasant, I continue to pour my heart into every dish, event, and dining experience. Beyond the kitchen, I’m a devoted father to four beautiful daughters and a loving caretaker to three cats, one Australian Shepherd and a beautiful successful wife who works in Coastal Management with NOAA. I fell like I embody the essence of a family man who brings the comfort and joy of home-cooked meals to a broader audience.

My life is a blend of high-stakes kitchen adventures, serene family moments, and the continuous pursuit of culinary excellence. I invite you to join me on this flavorful journey, where every meal is a celebration, every gathering an event to remember, and every dish a testament to a life lived with passion and purpose.

Welcome to my world, where food is not just eaten but experienced, savored, and remembered.

With warmest culinary regards,

Cuisines & Events: American, Asian Fusion, Barbecue, Breakfast/Brunch, Comfort, Farm to Table, Korean, Vietnamese

How to Hire a Private Chef for Your Event

  • Pick a place, date, and time.
  • Select your chef and menu. (Each chef offers different menus which are fully a la carte. Simply choose the dishes you want for your occasion.)
  • Add details like the number of guests and any special instructions.
  • Pay for your reservation. Make any changes or even cancel up to a week before your event for a refund.
  • After you’ve made a reservation, the private chef you’ve hired will reach out within 48 hours to confirm the details and coordinate their arrival.
  • If you’ve added any special dietary restrictions or event instructions, they’ll work with you to implement those.
  • Your chef will arrive with everything they need, including ingredients, cooking equipment, and cleaning supplies. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the day with your guests.
  • The cleanup is included too! Hire a private chef with us and know that we’ll likely leave your kitchen cleaner than when you gave it to us.

Our Top FAQs

1. Can I customize the menu?

Absolutely! All our menus are fully a la carte. Once you’ve decided on a chef, you’ll see a list of all the dishes they offer and you can choose the ones you’d like for your event.

2. How is your service priced?

You pay a fixed price per guest based on your menu, plus a small, all-inclusive booking fee to our platform. You’ll be able to see exactly what you’re paying when you make a booking. No hidden costs, ever.

3. How many guests can I invite?

As many as you like! Although for events with over 30 people, we ask that you reach out to us to make an event inquiry.

4. My group has multiple dietary restrictions

That’s absolutely fine! When finalizing your menu, please mention these under ‘Special Instructions.’ For instance, you can specify that you’d like to accommodate one vegan guest and one gluten-free guest for your at-home catering and your private chef will prepare suitable dish variants for those guests.

5. Can I make changes to the menu or guest list?

Yes! You can make any changes to your booking. You can even cancel it up to a week before your event, and you’ll receive a refund.

6. Is my event insured?

Yes, it is. Our service includes full insurance for your private chef in case of any mishaps.

7. How are the Chefs chosen?

Each chef is fully vetted. We require at minimum one year of sous chef experience. Your chef has gone through an FCRA compliant background check and multiple interviews before joining our platform.

8. What is FFKs cancellation and refund policy?

We take pre-payment to secure your chef and simplify our service. No fumbling with payments after your event or dealing with multiple payments in different stages of the process. Much like our service, our return policy is simple and meant to protect you, our hosts and our amazing Chefs.
  • One week or more before your event we guarantee your refund.
  • During the week of your event we offer a 50% refund.
  • We will not be able to refund within 48 hours of your event. At this point your chef has not been available for other parties and has already planned for your event. *Please note all refunds are less processing and booking fees