• Private Chef Iulian DC and DMV
  • Caribbean
  • French
  • Fusion
  • Italian
  • Modern American

Signature dish:  

The Perfect Roast Chicken

About Me

I am a professional chef who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Business Management from the Culinary Institute of America with a specialty in Italian Cuisine. I have spent the past 9 years growing my knowledge and skills as a chef. I have worked in various restaurants around the world both full time and as part of long-term internship programs. These include Noma in Copenhagen, Denmark, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in London, Ristorante Peppe Zullo in Italy, and locally Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, Virginia and District Winery in DC. I have travelled throughout Europe and the United States in pursuit of knowledge and experience. I am highly proficient and creative in the use of ingredients, especially locally-sourced ingredients, and can adapt to any dietary requirements. I am also well-versed in wines and wine pairing for different dishes and meals. In addition I am the founder of Arcadia Venture, a local foraging company.

Recent Menus

Reviews - click review to see menu (20)

  • Julian was super easy to work with and flexible! Everything was perfect from communication, to timeliness, flexibility, self starting, table set up and plating! We pile gladly work with Iulian again or or recommend him for other opportunities!

    • Worked on May 18, 2024
  • Extremely pleased with the meal iulian made for me — beautifully presented, creatively conceived, lots of unusual and special ingredients, and delicious. He was timely and courteous. It was an expensive stretch for me but ultimately worth it. Julian is quiet and diligent, does not engage a lot with host or customers, and that worked fine for me. Very special evening. Thanks Julian.

    • Worked on May 27, 2024
  • Iulian was extremely professional and prepared an exquisite meal for six people at our home. I highly recommend him.

    • Worked on May 4, 2024
  • I often hire private chefs to create unforgettable experiences for my clients at the end of a project I've completed for them. Because my clients chose Italian as their cuisine of choice, I selected Iulian. The clients shared that the food was good. For that I was pleased. I was not pleased, however, with the lack of presentation and time spent texting on the phone. I visited to take my clients a bottle of Chianti. When I arrived, I was shocked to see that there was no dinnerware or presentation. My clients sat at their dining room table with absolutely nothing on it. The chef had on jeans, t-shirt and gym shoes; didn't speak and was occupied on his phone. To say the least, I was disappointed. The 2.5 stars I've given is because my clients stated they enjoyed the food. But I could've paid 1/2 of the amount I paid for a cook to show up and provide the same service. When I hire a chef, it should be a professional table set up, serving dishes for food presentation, a chef's coat and by all means a phone that is not engaged during the entire service.

    • Worked on February 24, 2024
  • Julian was great! He was a good commentator prior to our class. He arrived on time and the food he prepared was delicious. We would definitely hire him again.

    • Worked on December 26, 2023
  • Chef Julian did a great job in preparing the food well and timely. Absolutely no complaints whatsoever. Very professional and straightforward. I ranked four and a half stars only because we ran early enough that I elected to do the presentation part. But, excellent job. Look forward to availing myself of the service again!

    • Worked on December 1, 2023
  • Iulian was so great! He was very responsive before hand answering any questions we had, gave us wine recommendations, and made sure we had everything he would need. He arrived on time and got to work, dinner was served when we requested and was all beautiful and VERY delicious and he was sure to leave the kitchen as clean as he found it. It was a great experience!

    • Worked on December 2, 2023
  • Iulian cooked a wonderful Mediterranean dinner for 7 members of our family. The food was great, the presentation was great, Iulian was timely and efficient. We hope to have him back to cook for us again. Bravo Iulian!

    • Worked on October 28, 2023
  • Food was prepared and cooked well, chef was on time and provided a great service. Will definitely hire him again.

    • Worked on February 17, 2023
  • The food was delicious and Chef Iulian’s presentation was very nice. However, I expected a more thorough cleaning of my kitchen after the meal.

    • Worked on December 27, 2022
  • He was very easy to work with. The food was great and we all had a great time. Chef Julian was perfect for the occasion.

    • Worked on November 24, 2022
  • Chef Iulian was fantastic. We had a small dinner party for my husband’s birthday. The food was excellent, Chef Iulian was accommodating, responsive, punctual, and friendly. We’d happily hire him again and highly recommend him.

    • Worked on December 4, 2021
  • Iulian is an amazing chef and the food was delicious! We couldn't be more happy and we will definitely hire him again in the future!

    • Worked on June 20, 2021
  • Food was incredible and Julian easily created the main entree that was requested. Was a fun experience and would likely do again with this chef in the future.

    • Worked on June 26, 2021
  • Our meal was an experience. An amazing experience. Thank you so much for everything. The food was awesome.

    • Worked on September 29, 2020
  • This was a great experience. We worked out changes I wanted in the menu to my fullest satisfaction
    Lulian worked hard to find the ingredients I wanted.
    The execution was perfect and we had a wonderful dinner

    Highly recommended

    • Worked on March 26, 2020
  • Iulian prepared an outstanding meal- it was exactly what I envisioned. We had some initial hiccups - rain, traffic delays, ingredients that needed to be bought - but he handled those like a pro, and everything was right on track. He was unobtrusive, too, so though his cooking stood out, he stayed in the background so we could enjoy our conversation.

    • Worked on October 11, 2018
  • Julian was very punctual, and well prepared. As he presented each course he provided a brief description of what it consisted of. And after the meal was complete, Julian had everything cleaned up. He was also very professional. We will definitely utilize the services again.

    • Worked on May 10, 2018
  • Iulian was great. Food was delicious but portion was little. We were all still hungry after dinner. Recommended for people with small appetite.

    • Worked on March 29, 2018
  • Very professional chef with excellent food and presentation. We will likely use Iulian again.

    • Worked on February 2, 2018