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Jumoke Jackson

Mr. FoodTastic

Chef J. Jackson, a name that has become synonymous with great food, is a successful private chef, professional speaker and caterer. Jackson has created his own personal style by mixing his love of food with techniques from some of the best chefs in the world.

Forced into the kitchen at an early age by an overworked single mother, his first experiences in the kitchen were not memorable. Despite early meals of burnt eggs, raw turkey and rock hard cookies, he chopped, mixed and sautéed his way into great cooking. After stints in 4-star hotels as a catering manager, Jackson devised the perfect recipe for success: Entrée Metropolitan. He created his Washington, D.C based Catering and Event Planning firm in 2008 to cater to the needs of those who wanted great food with panache. The mission is simple; “make my love for food contagious”! Today, Entrée Metropolitan caters to Grammy award-winning artists, politicians, the nation’s elite, and food lovers throughout the world.

Jackson’s rise through the culinary ranks began at the world famous Ben’s Chili Bowl in the nation’s capital. As a line cook, he learned first-hand through sweat equity what it takes to make it work. He catapulted into food and beverage management at the 4-star Park Hyatt in Washington, D.C. Under the tutelage of acclaimed Chef Brian McBride, Jackson learned the secrets to the highest standards in food. Jackson has also interned at Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster in Harlem, New York.

Jackson prides himself on being self-taught but believes great chefs are always learning. So, his training continues. He has studied at The French Culinary Institute and Institute of Culinary Education, both in New York City.

In Jackson’s short culinary career he has been featured on Dr. OZ, Neighborhood Chef, ABC’s The Chew and is a regular food expert on the national show; Fox & Friend’s Morning Show. His accomplishments include “Crowd Favorite” at The Travel Channel’s Fiery Foods Challenge and winner of the D.C. local competition of “Top Chef” for Love Night Club. He was also a competitor on Beat Bobby Flay and Cutthroat Kitchen airing on the Food Network.

Chef Jackson is also an accomplished speaker in hospitality and motivation. He has spoken for universities, non-profits and major corporations. His passion for food, coupled with his natural instinct for motivational speaking has translated into a daily Coffee Talk video series.

More about Jumoke Jackson

What is your ultimate comfort food?: My ultimate comfort food is Mac N Cheese! If you weren't a chef, what would you be?: If I weren't a chef, I'd still be a Day Trader in the financial industry. What three things are always in your pantry?: Bread, Peanut Butter and Jelly. If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?: I'd love to cook with Jay Z whom I admire and respect as an entrepreneur. I cook with and learn from other chefs all the time, so to have the pleasure of cooking and chatting with a true business mogul would be a career highlight !