On November 10 the Southern Food & Beverage Museum will host Chef Jesse Jones for a cooking demonstration and book signing. He'll show us how to cook his delicious sweet potato waffles along with his take on classic Shrimp and Grits.
The program begins at 1 PM in the Rouses Culinary Innovation Center by Jenn-Air, samples are first come first serve. Free with museum admission. Copies of Chef Jesse's book POW!! My Life in 40 Feasts will be available for purchase.
About the Chef
Chef Jesse entertains while he cooks, which explains his success in the front of the house in addition to the back burners. His innovative style, fine technique and personal storytelling make him a natural when cooking live. He is the 2014 Top chef of NJ, voted by Inside Jersey. He has won many cooking competitions including the Summit Wine & Food Festival in 2011, where he took 2nd place in the people’s choice and 3rd place for judge’s choice. In 2010 he claimed the coveted title Ultimate Chef of Bergen County, NJ where he was challenged to use rice in all 4 dishes. Chef Jesse won the title with creative approach including blending rice into his crawfish soufflé served with blackened grouper and a light Creole sauce of roasted tomatoes, roasted peppers and white wine, and spiking rice pudding with rum to make the ice cream he offered with a praline blackberry cake. Other titles include Best Overall and Best Entree in the 2007 Taste of Essex County, NY; 2007 Top Chef “Men Cooking for Change” Harlem, NY; 2007 Great Chefs Night “Best Entree” at Maplewood NJ Lions Club; and Battle of the Chefs “Best Hot Dish 2006″ at Katie’s House.
You can catch Chef Jesse Live all over North Jersey. In addition to cooking competitions, you’ll find him at cooking demos at Bloomingdales, Savory Spice Shop, fundraisers and private parties. He is very generous and active in his community, as seen in his participation in fundraisers for March of Dimes, Share our Strength Taste of the Nation, Spina Bifida Association and the Marshall & Jefferson Schools Spring Auction 2006. Chef Jesse is thankful everyone who has supported and nurtured his career, espeically his partner Linda West Eckhardt.