Maryland's Premier Caterer
Chef’s Expressions brings creativity, passion and excellence to each and every event. Our attention to detail and dedication to each event’s success has led us to be named “National Catering Company of the Year” and “Maryland’s Caterer of the Year.” In addition to the experiences we create for our clients, we also embrace the importance of philanthropy. Our team donates time, food and services to support our community.
Meet the Chef’s Expressions team of visionaries:
Jerry Edwards, CPCE
President and Corporate Chef
In addition to building one of the most successful catering companies in his region, Jerry has traveled the world, training and assisting caterers, chefs and event planners to animate their guest’s culinary experience.
Since inception, Jerry’s leadership led to two separate National Catering Company of the Year Awards. He personally won over 50 industry awards and holds an honorary doctorate in hospitality, but is most proud of his NACE Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jerry has been a contributing writer for several national magazines including Catersource, Special Events and Catering. He is currently working on two books, one for the industry titled “A Chef’s Perspective” and one for the culinary public titled “Seasons of the Grape,” a book on seasonal cooking and wine pairing in wine growing regions around the globe.
Jerry also champions many charities for children’s issues, social causes and adult diseases. Jerry is the current spokesperson for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. Each year he also spearheads a Chef’s Dinner, raising over $100,000 for the charity. In 2011, Chef’s Expressions was honored with the Business Philanthropy Award from the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.
Outside of catering, consulting and administration, Jerry finds peace and solitude in his farm-style kitchen where he creates wine dinners for both family and friends.
Senior Event Design Consultant
Bonny Opper’s devotion to the event planning industry has led her to become one of the premier catering consultants in Baltimore and all over Maryland. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, her list of clients and admirers grows on a daily basis. She enjoys working with wedding and corporate clients and has a special quality that makes them all feel welcome and a part of the family.
Bonny’s passion is to make each event flawless, appear effortless and as she tells her clients “I want you to be a guest at your own event”. Bonny is the expert at working with new clients and providing insight on a multitude of options whether it is venues, music, décor, or activities to enhance the occasion of their dreams. When a client meets Bonny, they know that every detail will be flawlessly handled.
In 2010, Bonny received the 2010 Best Catered Event Award from the National Association of Catering Executives.
Katie Bittinger is Chef’s Expressions VP of Finance. She has worked with Jerry from Baltimore to Arizona on many special events and special clients. Katie is the catch all for our office and keeps the business running smoothly. Her attention to detail is astonishing and her desire to make clients feel completely cared for is paramount.
Our Executive Chef, Will Jones joined Chef’s Expressions in 1997 as an intern, working only one day a week. In the Fall of 1997, Will attended the Baltimore International Culinary College and graduated in the Spring of 1999. While in attendance at BIC, Will traveled to Ireland for an International Culinary Course and Experience. In 1999, Will began a full-time career with Chef’s Expressions as prep cook. His fine palate, calm demeanor and organizational skills make him a natural leader in the kitchen.
In the past 20 years, he has honed his culinary skills to become a seasoned expert in the culinary field. Will is an excellent Chef in his own right and supervises the culinary team at Chef’s Expressions in executing the finest catering cuisine in the region.
David joined the Chef’s Expressions team in 2017. His passion for food eventually led him into a 30 year career in hospitality. Early in his vibrant tenure at The Prime Rib restaurant, David developed his true appreciation for serving exquisite food, providing superior service, and establishing meaningful relationships with guests. David brings more than 20 years of combined experience as the GM for The Prime Rib, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and The Oregon Grille. His relentless commitment to excellence has earned David and his team continuous recognition from Zagat for #1 in both food & service, Baltimore Magazine’s Top Restaurants, Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence” and the prestigious DiRona Award. When he’s not busy working, you can find David on the NCR hike and bike trail with his wife Gretchen, and their Weimaraner & Labrador, exploring the next travel adventure, and enjoying food out with friends or cooking at home.
Executive Pastry Chef
David Brooks is a favorite among the Chef’s Expressions team – mostly because he always has sweets around him! David is native to Essex, England but while at a four-star boutique hotel in the Isle of Jersey, an American entrepreneur lured him to Baltimore to consult for several bakeries. As Chef’s Expressions’ Pastry Chef, he delights our clients with his dessert sensations such as Cheesecake Lollipops, Peanut Butter Sins, and Apple Pie Pops. His wedding cakes are not only beautiful, but taste delicious – with flavors such as Carrot Cake, Red Velvet, Blueberry Lemon, and Chocolate Mousse.
Alicia got her start in hospitality world working at a restaurant on the coast of New Jersey. At 14 years old, she remembers how drawn she was to the fun and excitement of the environment. Alicia enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people every day. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from the University of Baltimore. Joining our team as a server in 2012, it quickly became apparent that Alicia’s tenacious drive and dedication would lead her to further opportunities in the company. She made the transition into her current position as Event Design Specialist in early 2014. Excited to excel her career, Alicia is looking forward to developing new opportunities and relationships within the hospitality industry.
Originating from Kaiserslautern Germany, Anna has always had a passion for the art of creative writing. She joined the Chef’s Expressions team in 2011 as Assistant to the President, Jerry Edwards. She eventually expanded her role by joining the company’s marketing department, which led to her current position as Marketing Director. She uses an array of skills to execute marketing strategies in efforts to maintain a supreme brand for the company. Anna uses her creativity and passion for the event and hospitality industry to help produce memorable marketing events for the company. Through her tenacious will and determination, Anna prides herself on her ability to take any task head on.
Event Design Consultant
Megan joined the Chef’s Expressions team in 2014 as the Director of Personnel before moving into her current role as Event Design Consultant. She brought with her over a decade of hospitality management and training experience as well as a strong desire to exceed her guests’ expectations. Megan is a life-long volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, a foundation that Chef’s Expressions has proudly supported for many years. Aside from her humanitarian efforts, Megan also displays unwavering work ethic, keen attention to detail, and the innate ability to create synergy among her team.
"Chef’s Expressions is the total package! We allow you to be a guest at your own event so you can enjoy every moment."
– Jerry Edwards, CPCE, President and Corporate Chef