• Private Chef Mai DC and DMV
  • French
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Modern American
  • Spanish

Signature dish:  

Shrimp and Grits

About Me

Chef Mai specializes in intimate dinner party experiences, with an emphasis on elegant seafood creations. She is a former corporate IT professional, who followed her passion for cooking and bringing families back to the dinner table.
With over 10+ years of experience, she spends her time creating memorable dining experiences for those who value creating connection over a delicious meal.

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Reviews - click review to see menu (11)

  • Mai is really lovely - a friendly and professional chef who gave me and my teenage nephew a fantastic private cooking lesson. She tailored the difficulty level to my nephew’s abilities and gave him the right balance of guidance and independence as he cooked the meal. The end result was delicious.

    • Worked on June 1, 2023
  • Chef Mai was confident and professional, and presented a delicious and classy birthday dinner for my wife. It was a delight to work with her and we were pleased and satisfied with our experience.

    • Worked on January 8, 2022
  • Unbelievable service, quality and food. Chef Mai was a delight to have to host my wife’s birthday celebration with close friends. We enjoyed every aspect of the evening from the personal touches with the menu to a quite excellent pairing of wines with every course. She and her team (ask for Asia) come with my highest recommendations. Thank you

    • Worked on December 17, 2021
  • Working with Chef Mai was the highlight of our holidays! She prepared a beautiful and delicious meal, including special touches like printed menus, and provided excellent service. She was very communicative beforehand, working with us to create the perfect menu, and cleaned up at the end of the evening like she was never there. She also packaged leftovers for us and left them in the fridge! It was the easiest dinner party we've ever had, and we can't wait to work with Mai again. We recommend her wholeheartedly!

    • Worked on December 11, 2021
  • Chef Mai was absolutely exceptional! She gave us a first class experience from start to finish! She prepared a Chilean Sea Bass that was cooked to perfection. My only regret is that I didn’t have her do the dessert. I look forward to working with her in the future.

    • Worked on September 25, 2021
  • Chef Mai delivered a stunning meal and made our evening an experience we’ll never forget. The quality of the food was top notch; plating and presentation made us feel like we were fine dining; and she was punctual and professional. The overall experience was wonderful. I recommend Chef Mai for all of your private dining needs. We hope to use her again in the future!

    • Worked on September 24, 2021
  • Chef Mai was incredible to work with. Super professional and prepared an excellent meal for a friend’s surprise birthday party with 12 guests. Our kitchen is a bit small but she made it work, and I was able to fully enjoy the party because she took care of everything!! The kitchen was spotless when she left which was so appreciated. She even organized all the leftovers into tupperware for us to have the next day. Highly recommend!!

    P.S. her baklava cheesecake was a total hit!

    • Worked on August 27, 2021
  • Chef Mai did an incredible job for our meal and took care of every detail. I loved her proposed menu and she helped me work through the Rubik's Cube that is my friends' dietary preferences! The night of she arrived early to get prepared and went so far as to make menus for our evening - it was such a thoughtful touch! Not only was the food incredible but it's also evident that Chef Mai takes great care in its presentation. The food was just as much a feast for our eyes with beautiful colors and edible flowers. Chef Mai cleaned every dish with care and made the whole evening completely seamless for my guests and me. She was lovely to work with and made our evening so special. Thank you, Chef Mai!

    • Worked on June 4, 2021
  • Chef Mai was simply amazing! From booking until the dining experience, words cannot express how amazing this was! My husband absolutely enjoyed every part of the dining experience, but even more-so, my 13 & 12 y/o kids tried and ate everything Chef Mai brought to the table. Her interactions with us from start to finish were very personable and we definitely plan on booking more occasions to celebrate with Chef Mai’s dining experience to accompany them!! Thanks, Chef Ma!!!

    • Worked on May 23, 2021
  • Everything about our meal was excellent! Chef Mai was responsive and friendly in all early/planning interactions, as well as the day of the event. She really helped make the dinner special for my husband's birthday surprise. The food was fantastic - flavorful and beautifully plated. Chef Mai was such a pleasure to have in our home and she left the kitchen spotless as well.

    • Worked on April 17, 2021
  • Chef Mai did an AMAZING job! She made a surprise birthday dinner absolutely perfect for our group of 4!

    • Worked on January 23, 2021