Who’s Jonathan?


Jonathan Bardzik is a storyteller, cook and author based in Washington, DC. A live performer, Jonathan employs stories and food to bring people together, building connections at farm markets and dinner tables, in board rooms and at conferences – everybody eats! Jonathan’s cooking demonstrations, teaching dinners, corporate and non-profit team building events and conference presentations have been enjoyed by audiences across the country.

Jonathan took his passion for cooking and entertaining professional in 2011 by offering weekly cooking demonstrations at DC’s historic Eastern Market. Today, Jonathan has given more than 250 live events, developed 700 recipes, appeared in video series, and published two cookbooks, Simple Summer (2013) and Seasons to Taste (2015), with a third book on its way in 2017. Jonathan’s business experience includes his family’s horticultural small business, an MBA and 11 years in management, marketing and public relations for a national trade association.

Photography by David Keith

Jonathan’s cooking is inspired by the seasonal, local ingredients he grew up with and finds today at the farm market. Jonathan’s culinary passion is exploring farm and garden-fresh flavors, creating food for friends and family, and sharing his adventures to help others find joy in their own kitchens.

Jonathan’s corporate and non-profit client work flows from his belief in the power of stories to build connections. He says, “stories are remembered, shared and inspire action.” Jonathan uses stories to build trust and communication within professional teams and teaches storytelling skills for sales, marketing and brand development.

Jonathan’s clients include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), and the Hale Financial Planning Group. He is the public face of the Footprints line of branded herb and vegetable plants, and has created two series of videos for the National Gardening Bureau and All-America Selections.

Jonathan’s work has caught the attention of local media outlets including DC’s WTOP, The Hill Rag, Metro Weekly and DCist, and garnered national coverage from USA Today, Food Network Magazine, and Thrillist. He was recently recognized by the Farmers Market Coalition as a “Farm Market Hero.”