Jonathan Bardzik


Storyteller.Cook. Author.

Jonathan at the Market w peachesJonathan Bardizk is a DC-based culinary entertainer. Jonathan’s presentations combine cooking farm and garden-fresh ingredients with stories about finding joy in the kitchen and the people we share time with there (even when he sets the Christmas dinner table on fire!). His live cooking demonstrations and interactive meal preparation will have your guests laughing, learning and relaxed.

IMG_7056Jonathan got his start at DC’s Historic Eastern Market and has now given more than 150 live appearances at farm markets around the DC region, at trade shows and expos, for audiences at USDA, NIH and National Geographic, and for business throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Jonathan’s media coverage includes USATodayBisnowDC’s WTOP Radio and Edible DC and Edible Rhody Magazines. Click titles to see articles.

Jonathan can offer:

Jonathan is used to popping up everywhere from street corners to your conference room or meeting space. Jonathan has created nearly 700 recipes in the past five years and can easily accommodate any eating preferences or dietary restrictions.

Photography by Matt Hocking

Photography by Matt Hocking

Live cooking demonstrations: Running 45-90 minutes Jonathan will prepare 3-5 dishes offering simple tips, tasting samples and recipe cards with your event or sponsor logo that will serve as a reminder of your event for years to come.

Interactive meal preparation: From the best lunch-time salad you’ve ever had, to working together to prepare a farm-fresh, seasonal dinner, Jonathan will give your team time to interact and relax amid a busy day.

Photography by Matt Hocking

Photography by Matt Hocking

Team building: Jonathan will work with your team to develop a brand new recipe or two, coaching them through ingredient selection, flavor pairing and preparation. Make it hors d’oeuvres and you’ve got a reception.

From Jonathan’s clients:

Photography by Sam Armocido

“What an absolute thrill it was working with you from beginning to end. All of our customers raved about you and your delicious recipes. Your personality and love for what you do had our entire team and our customers talking the rest of the weekend and into Monday morning. Always appreciative of those who are punctual and honor their commitments – you exceeded our expectations.” Bob LaHoff, Halls Garden Center and Florist

“We just wanted to reach out and thank you for such a wonderful evening! All of the residents absolutely loved it, and we’ll definitely be reaching out to you in the future for more resident events.” Allison Goodman, Bozzuto Management Company

Jonathan in the press:

Photography by Todd Franson.

Photography by Todd Franson.

Bardzik gets them to stay [at his live demos] with his chatty, friendly demeanor, talking to the gathering crowd almost constantly while he simultaneously chops red bell peppers for a stir-fry and demonstrates the best way to chop an onion, joking, “I just saved you three hours on Thanksgiving morning.” USA Today

…a passionate home cook with a booming personality who has invested his heart and soul into combining flavors successfully; learning as he goes, he tells cooking stories that make visitors feel like fast friends. Watching him work is deeply human… Biznow

IMG_3077-1While Bardzik has built a career in the culinary arts, the self-taught cook doesn’t call himself a chef. He prefers the title “entertainer.” Anyone who’s watched Bardzik would likely agree. After all, it takes more than pretty food and impressive knife skills to keep a crowd interested in a cooking demonstration. WTOP Radio

Where is Jonathan this year?

Photography by Martha FitzSimon

Photography by Martha FitzSimon

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  • Rhode Island Flower and Garden Show cooking demonstrations February
  • MC and Headline speaker for the Jonathan Bardzik and Friends food and cooking program at the Kensington Day of the Book Festival April 24
  • Photography by Martha FitzSimon

    Photography by Martha FitzSimon

    NIH Earth Day Celebration cooking demonstrations April 28

  • USDA Washington, DC offices cooking demonstrations 8 weeks this summer
  • Keynote speaker EIGC Trade show