Kenny Hartley, better known as The Bearded Chef started his culinary journey 15 years ago. His passion for food and charismatic approach to cooking has gained him the opportunity to display his talents in both private and professional large scale events.
Growing up in New York City with exposure to such diversity, TBC recognized his love for food at an early age. Raised in a household with both Southern and Caribbean influences allowed him to experiment with flavors and spices outside of the norm which expanded his palate and solidified his love for his art form.
Studying Culinary arts at The Art Institute of Washington and working in many restaurants and Catering Companies in the New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and DC area.
22 customer reviews
Food for the soul. His meal create an experience
5 stars. Very courteous, professional, and the food was great. He made salmon 😋
My guests couldn't get enough of it. Delicious. I will use him and refer him to all my friends and family. More...
I hired Chef Hartley for a cookout and from his communication, attention to detail during preparation, and the food once it was finished were AMAZING. All of my guests asked for his information after they had seconds & or thirds and I would 10/10 recommend him for any event’s catering needs! Thanks Chef Hartley, looking forward to my next event to utilize your services! More...
It was such a pleasure hiring Chef Hartley as the chef for my birthday event. His customer service and time management skills were awesome. All the dishes provided were so flavorful. I literally have no complaints. I would definitely utilize him for every event moving forward. More...
I’ve worked with Chef Hartley on several occasions and each time is better than the last. He’s professional and always leave party
OMG! What a great experience it was hiring Chef Hartley for my catered events at my home! He is so personable and friendly with all of friends and family that he felt like family as well. He curated an amazing menu with a some small ideas as to what I wanted and he took care of the rest. I will be hiring him for many more future events especially since he was worth every Penny! More...
I’ve worked with Chef Hartley on several occasions and each time is better than the last. He’s professional and always leaves guest asking who curated the menu. Highly recommended
Chef Hartley’s food will take your taste buds on a transformative ride that your palate has never experienced. The fish and grits were probably one of the most memorable meals I’ve had in a long time and his skillet Mac and cheese is to die for.
Chef Hartley was recommended to me by a colleague who described his cuisine as “phenomenal” and he did not disappoint. My requests were pretty complex and he went above and beyond to be accommodating and meet my needs. His professionalism is exceptional and I don’t hesitate to recommend him to all my friends and family. He is truly one of the best in the DMV! More...
Chef Hartley was exceptionally professional and charming.
We called on Chef Kenny to prepare a dinner for two for our guests. They were absolutely thrilled with their meal and the experience! Chef Kenny to the rescue!
Chef Hartley’s food is always creative and tastes amazing! There’s always an option for any individual to choose from so everyone can enjoy a hearty meal!!
Best chef and experience ever! Never disappoints.
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Chef Hartley was amazing when It came to catering our corporate event. He was professional and very skilled at his craft. I look forward to having him host our next event.
It's always a pleasure working with Chef Hartley. He is very professional, prompt and flexible. And yes, his meals are a delicious! He is my go to Chef for every occasion. More...
I couldn’t ask for a better experience with a chef. My wife and I was planning an anniversary dinner and I wanted to make it intimate and amazing and chef Hartley did just that. He adhered to our dietary needs and came up with a menu that we couldn’t get any where else. We had a wonderful time and he recommended wine that paired perfectly with the dishes he prepared. The food was delicious and cooked perfectly. If I didn’t know any better, I would have sworn he was an iron chef or on Food Network. That’s top tier and I’m super picky. Oh yeah and my wife loved it too😂. Thanks chef!! See you again real soon! More...
Chef Hartley is extremely professional. He delivered phenomenal service and meals to my guests. The quality and quantity of the food was top tier not to mention his great personality. He is an Elite chef. I will definitely be requesting his return at all future events i have! More...
Chef Hartley provides the most warm, and friendly customer service approach to meet all your delectable needs, with mouth savoring dishes that will have you & your guest planning for the next soiree. His upscale service creates memories & smiles. More...
Chef Hartley has catered several private events at my home. Private dinners for 2-8 people as well as full service NYE and fight parties. He cleanliness and humor is a plus for all of the events. Can’t wait for him to cook for the next one! More...
I highly recommend booking The Bearded Chef. The food is perfect and the service was exceptional! I'm already looking forward to my next event so I can book him again.
Each dish was perfectly prepared by Chef Kenny. The quality of food, the succulent flavors and plating presentation were all 5stars! !! Highly Favored and Recommended! Book him now! More...
Chef Kenny is Awesome! I have had the pleasure of enjoying his food and services on a few different occasions. Food is great! Very professional. I plan to hire him for future events. More...