• Private Chef Henry Other area
  • French
  • Fusion
  • Italian
  • Modern American
  • Spanish

Signature dish:  

Paella de Mariscos

About Me

Hi, my name is Henry and I am back in the DC area!
Snapshot: Specialities: Spanish, Italian, Modern Euro-American, & French cuisines.
I started out experimenting with food alone at home at the age of 11 – making mistakes and trying new things every afternoon before my mother came home (or sometimes she was away for a few weeks traveling). So, by the time college started, I was self-taught and cooked far better than my cohort.
First came mastering grilled cheese variations, quesadillas, then chilli, different pastas, before moving on to cheesecake, and then traditional Italian recipes. Now Paella, Beef Wellington, and all the classics are my signature dishes.
At age 20, I started working as a sous-chef in a three-chef kitchen in a boutique upscale restaurant in Vancouver, BC. After University and marine turtle conservation work, I started teaching cooking classes to Elementary students in the DMV. Years later I started my private-chef / catering business!
I have been told by many mushroom-haters that I changed their point of view completely. I have been told by a self-proclaimed ‘snob’ that I prepared the very best Ribeye steak he has had in his life (a 53-year old Navy Admiral).
My background in sustainability and biodiversity conservation has formed a desire for fresh, sustainable, and organic ingredients – that’s why I grow my own microgreens, herbs, and seasonal vegetables (lettuces, tomatoes, herbs, Swiss chard, etc.).
These experiences have formed within me a confidence; an attention to detail, ingredients-sourcing, and experimentation in the kitchen.
Try me out as a private chef or a cooking instructor. I also do events both small and large, whether you are one person or two, or thirty or more, I am here to serve and bring a smile to your face and those of your guests.
I am thankful to be experienced in cooking for a range of diets from:
gluten free, vegan, soy-free, paleo, and your standard no-limits diet. Recently I am perfecting my handmade gluten free fresh tagliatelle.
I look very much forward to hearing from you with questions, suggestions, and more!
Henry Lebard

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  • Chef Henry was exceptional and provided the most memorable experience! Each dish was incredible. He is so talented, friendly, clean, accommodating and timely. 10/10!!

    • Worked on May 30, 2024
  • Henry was fantastic. The food was amazing, fresh, and presented beautifully. He is super personable and really went above and beyond to make our evening special.

    • Worked on March 3, 2023
  • Delicious buffet for a small wedding party! Chef Henry was very easy to work with accommodated for food preferences and dietary needs. He was punctual and professional and every dish was excellent.

    • Worked on October 16, 2021
  • Henry did a wonderful job!
    We had a very fun and tasty experience: the steak was perfectly made, and the hot lava chocolate cake was unforgettable!

    • Worked on December 22, 2020
  • Chef Henry was the perfect chef for a birthday dinner at home during these strange times. He collaborated with me on the menu, arrived on time and brought delicious fresh ingredients. Chef Henry provided some cooking direction along with all of his knowledge about food and unique life experiences. It was lovely to spend time with him and even more enjoyable to eat his food!
    We had an amazing time!!! I highly recommend Chef Henry for your next dinner for two or dinner party! You will not be disappointed!

    • Worked on December 17, 2020
  • Chef Henry was friendly, flexible and very easy to communicate with. His food was out of this world. His knowledge of culinary arts and just the appreciation of food, flavor and fresh ingredients was second to none. He even made gluten free options special for me, even though the other guest didn't need gluten free. I was prepared to just not have that portion of the meal, but he made me something I could eat. That was above and beyond.
    He is truly is a top notch chef. He even allowed for the younger kids to observe him as he was cookin. They were so intrigued by everything he was doing. His fun spirit, and love of exceptional cuisine made this a memorable night for my parents 50th anniversary. Thank you Chef Henry. We would totally hire him again. Table at home has an asset with him.

    • Worked on October 24, 2020
  • Chef Henry was great to work with! He was willing to make any necessary accommodations to our menu so that all of our guests’ needs were met. The food was excellent and he turned our home into a five star restaurant!

    • Worked on October 16, 2020
  • Excellent communication and coordination. Chef Henry was able to please all of our guests and especially husband, the birthday honoree. We were all full and very pleased. He effortlessly fits right in. From first contact to cleanup this was first class service!!!

    • Worked on October 31, 2020
  • Chef Henry did an amazing job with not only the food but also the cleanup! Everything was delicious and incredible!

    • Worked on September 12, 2020
  • The only thing that upstaged Chef Henry's flexibility and ease to work with during the planning phase of our get-together was the incredibly delicious brunch he prepared for us. ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND.

    Chef Henry was incredible from booking and planning to clean-up. Fantastic.

    Henry was extremely user-friendly for us - he was flexible and easy to get along with during the booking process (that was not our experience with another Chef on this site). He was amenable to one of our guest's severe dairy allergy and another guest's gluten allergy. Not only was he friendly and helpful throughout the planning process (he was able to suggest many options and alternatives given the different requests from our guests), he was always open to suggestions. We could not believe the flute-free dish had no gluten. My wife told him about a crepe she had at a farmer's market in San Diego and he actually called the company to get the recipe to recreate the sauce. Incredible. Above and beyond. We have found our Chef for Alexandria. Thanks Henry!

    • Worked on August 23, 2020
  • Chef Henry was great! The food was fabulous and he was very accommodating in terms of the menu and services since our five month old wanted to join the party! Would 100 percent have him cook for us again.

    • Worked on July 25, 2020
  • I am Exceptionally pleased with Chef Henry LeBard and Table at Home! This was a birthday dinner for my wife and it was FANTASTIC! Exceeded my and my family's expectations! Henry was pleasant, professional, and delivered a truly memorable meal. Since I have a family member that is high risk for COVID-19, we requested that Henry take some additional precautions, which he gladly did.

    Highlights included a crisp Boston bib salad with delicious goat cheese and a delightful vinegrette, followed tremendous and perfectly cooked filet mignons for the ladies and a beautiful ribeye for me. Our steaks were finely paired with sauteed oyster mushrooms and asparagus. Our fine dining was completed with a magnificent creme brulee, topped with freshly picked blue berries and mango slices.

    Frankly, my ribeye was the BEST I have ever had. Absolutely mouth watering before, during, and after! Hints of rosemary and light seasonings that accentuated the ribeye and an excellent red wine reduction sauce were cause for celebration!

    Thank you, Chef Henry!

    • Worked on July 6, 2020
  • This was the first time that I had tried the service of a private Chef. Henry exceeded all expectations. This was my "gift" to for our 33rd wedding anniversary. My wife and I had two guests. After discussing with Henry some of our "likes" and "wants", we settled on an appetizer that he had never prepared before- "Judias con Chorizo" (giant white beans, condiments, and chorizo casserole) . He provided the right balance with a flavorful Chorizo (chorizo should never be spicy) and the right white beans. The oxtail was tender and again the right flavor balance. We had two desserts- chocolate mouse cake and the crepes- both were big hits! While the food exceeded all expectations, this dinner would have amounted to nothing, had it not been for Henry the person. Henry was available when needed, excellent culinary skills, imaginative around the kitchen, but above all a high quality human being. Henry made the dinner and the experience!

    • Worked on July 31, 2020
  • If you are trying to choose between Henry and another chef look no further! Henry is extremely professional and catering. From the time of booking until he was at my front door I felt extremely secure that Henry was going to make sure we had an extraordinary experience. The food was well planned and delicious! Henry was so friendly and accommodating. I would absolutely choose Henry again for any future event.

    • Worked on June 4, 2020
  • Henry was exceptional from start to finish. He was extremely professional yet fun. The service was immaculate as far as timing and cleanup. The food was absolutely incredible. His seafood paella and tiramisu were divine. If you're hoping for a great overall experience, Henry is the chef you are looking for.

    • Worked on March 27, 2020
  • Chef Henry was fantastic from start to finish. This was our first experience with a private chef, and prior to the dinner he worked with us to custom tailor the menu to our tastes. He definitely went the extra mile to ensure our dinner party went off without a hitch.

    The evening of the dinner, he arrived on time, professionally dressed, and handled everything from start to finish. The food was amazing, he explained all the courses to our guests, and cleaned everything prior to leaving. If you are on the fence about this service please give it a try and we highly recommend chef Henry! We will definitely work with him again.

    • Worked on March 28, 2020