Welcome to Chef Jenn Cooks

Chef Jenn’s Biography

Jennifer Felmley is a talented and versatile chef who enjoys speaking about food as much as she loves cooking. As a little girl, she sat in her grandmother’s kitchen and watched her cook. By the time Jennifer was a teen, she knew she wanted to be a chef. Her journey began at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, where she explored the flavors and fusions of many different countries. Then went onto Johnson & Wales University’s Rhode Island campus, where they offered one of the countries only Culinary Nutrition Degrees. There she obtained both a Bachelors of Science in Culinary Arts & Culinary Nutrition

With a strong belief that your food comes from your soul, she wanted to discover the root of many dishes she learned to prepare and traveled to Europe where she spent a period working in a small town outside Milan, Italy. She then immersed herself in wine studies at the Deutsche Wein-und Sommelierschule in Germany where she received a Sommelier Certificate. This was followed by working in the kitchen at Champney’s Resort in England, one of the largest destination spa groups in the world. Here she refined her knowledge of healthy cooking and special nutrition.

In 2003, Jennifer took all these rich experiences back with her to sunny California with her where she began working at the Deepak Chopra Center at  La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad; where she was able to explore Ayurvedic cuisine and incredibly unique recipes.

In 2004 Jennifer had realized that she was interested in teaching and began coking for a local cooking school. Within a year she really loved instructing others in the delights of culinary arts. She’s been busy ever since teaching group and private cooking classes, working as a personal chef in homes throughout Southern California, catering events and is in the process of developing recipes that she hopes to one day make into a cookbook all her own.

Jennifer is passionate about food and she teaches with an infectious enthusiasm. Her passion for the subject and desire to impart her knowledge, which she does with warmth and verve, cannot fail to fire those fortunate enough to be her pupils. She has taken her teaching skills to her local San Diego non-profit organizations as well as private cooking school. Offering both in home cooking class and custom dinner parties.

Jennifer’s goal is to “teach at schools throughout Southern California and around the world; creating meal with the best of what the region has. My teaching focuses on nutrition and international cuisines, although my passion and years of experience allows me to be very versatile”.