natural, kitchen, diet-1281595.jpg


Christy Johnston, Personal Chef

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness

About the Chef

"First we eat, then we do everything else."

BoldFork is inspired by M.F.K. Fisher’s With Bold Knife and Fork (1968), an effusive and charming collection of her culinary adventures and her reflections on food and memory. Through my company BoldFork and this blog, I strive to tap into the same wonderful rhythm of food, sensation, words, and memory that M. F. K. Fisher so artfully brought to all her work, while sharing my own unique culinary point of view and delicious discoveries with readers and clients.

BoldFork is a reflection of my own adventures and experiences as both a lifelong family cook and a professional chef. My cooking philosophy is informed by both my love of feeding those I care about and a concern for a balanced lifestyle. I believe that cooking provides not only an opportunity to nourish and comfort others, but a place to express creativity and to find personal satisfaction. Through a chef’s effort, skill, and the quality of her ingredients, she can have both a physical and an emotional impact on others.  

I have been cooking my whole life, but didn’t pursue professional culinary training until my early thirties, having spent a large piece of my early career as a research analyst, with restaurant work as a second job on the weekends. I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, and my work experience includes Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery and Patrick O’Connell’s The Inn at Little Washington.  I was a private chef in New York City for a boutique catering company founded by Per Se alums, and am currently a personal chef in Washington DC.


Christy Gell Johnston



Quality Ingredients, Thoughtful Preparation

Some of the services I offer include:


Weekly meal prep

in home or delivery


Holiday & party special orders

appetizers, quiches, cakes, cookies


Small dinner & cocktail parties

hors d'oeuvres, plated courses


I will happily accommodate any special dietary needs.

Contact Me
Bold Fork LLC, Washington DC