Delightful food, cooked in your home.

Personal Chef John Derlega offers Washington DC area professionals the luxury of nutritious and delicious food prepared from scratch.

Food and Family matter.

Time is valuable, and time around the table with family is precious. Get to know your new favorite in-home chef.

What would you like to eat?

No matter what the occasion, fill your bowl with delicious and inspired cooking.

Weekly Meals

Delicious food, prepared from scratch.

Every meal is prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients, prepared to your taste, in your kitchen.

John takes care of all the hassle involved with your weekly meals: he plans the grocery list, does the grocery shopping, packages and labels the food, does the dishes, and cleans the kitchen.

Boutique Catering

Fun, flawless and creative.

John works 1:1 with you to carefully curate and serve a private dinner in your home. Hire your own Private Chef for your next special event, an intimate evening for two, or a sit down dinner for up 14 guests.

Or bring your outside-the-box ideas, as John loves creating one-of-a-kind memorable meals.

Cooking Classes

Have fun learning to cook.

Learn basic knife skills, how to wok, or how to make pasta from scratch. Eating food you learned how to cook from scratch never tasted better. And you get to keep the memories, recipes and leftovers.

Kids Parties

Best birthday ever.

Looking for a fun birthday party idea?

Kids compete in a Junior Chef Cooking Challenge competition. Everyone is a winner as the kids create, cook, and eat their own original creations. Fun takeaway gifts can include Chef hats and aprons.

“I can’t imagine a better partner for a special occasion meal and party.”

“John’s services gave my mom a much-needed reprieve in the kitchen and also provided both of my parents with the gift of health.”

“John Derlega is not just a great chef who cooks delicious food, but a meticulous and careful planner. We could not recommend him more highly.”

“Not only was the food amazingly good, you were creative and inventive.”

“The party was awesome and the impact on the kids was meaningful.”

“Dinner was really more than we could have ever expected.”

“Chef John is thoughtful, talented, accommodating and creative. A real talent.”

“It was exactly what I wanted - a relaxing time to learn and eat with my friends.”

“In the end we had delicious pasta for dinner and a fabulous memory of a special afternoon.”

“Creative, flavorful, healthy, yummy. He brings Michelin quality cuisine to your house every week.”

“The food was simply amazing.”

Let's set the table.

Need help with weekly meal planning or a special dinner event? An initial consultation is free of charge. Reach out to The District Chef to learn more.