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Meet the Chef: Jeanelle Brown
Chef Jeanelle is a people person, and she loves interacting with people through her food. However, as a professional chef, she’s mostly worked in kitchens that obscure her from diners. Though some will argue that cooking for others is a form of engagement, it often doesn’t tell the whole story.
For instance, you’d never know how passionate Chef Jeanelle is when it comes to helping others eat better. Nor would you know that she dreams of opening her own bakery someday. Eat In Chef gives our chefs the opportunity to share these stories, and gives our diners the opportunity not only to know their food, but the people cooking it as well.
Keep reading to learn more about Chef Jeanelle!
What’s your name?
My name is Jeanelle “Jay” Brown.
Where will you be cooking for Eat In Chef?
I will be cooking for Eat In Chef up and down the east side of Manhattan (NYC).
Tell us about your professional cooking experience.
My cooking experience started with the many women in my family who first taught me how to cook. Professionally, I’ve worked for businesses that gave me exposure to both sweet and savory. I started my culinary career in pastry, but then decided to branch into savory when I noticed how my health improved as a result of the new cooking skills I gained. I shared this with my family, and improved their lives as well.
Why did you want to work with Eat In Chef?
I love how working with Eat In Chef gives me the chance to get up close and personal. It’s something I can’t say for the other jobs I’ve had in the industry. It gets people involved, it’s more human, it’s out the box. I’m a people person, and my personality isn’t meant for staying in the shadows of the kitchen. Eat In Chef lets me engage people through food — not just feed them, but also educate them. There’s power in that knowledge.
What inspired your love for food and cooking?
People inspire my love for food and cooking. I’m inspired by the way that food makes them feel. The effect that a hot plate, colorful dessert, or hearty soup can have — this to me is beautiful.
Why is food important to you?
You can tell a lot about a person by what they eat. Your body is a well-crafted machine, and food is it’s fuel. As such, the fuel you put into your body determines how it runs. Food is important for many reasons, but for me, this is the main one.
Do you have a signature dish? If so, why do you think this dish best represents you?
I don’t have a signature dish, but if I did, I imagine it would be a healthier take on the soul food and comfort food I loved while growing up. I’m easy-going, wholesome, classic, and a little bit of an old soul.
How do you think diners can use Eat In Chef to improve their wellness and overall quality of life?
There’s nothing more dangerous than an educated mind. I’m not saying diners will literally be dangerous, but you get my point. Diners can use this platform to better understand food — the more questions they ask the chef, the more likely they’ll become a healthier and wiser consumer, whether they use an Eat In Chef or not. There’s additional awesomeness in helping the kids too, by helping them eat healthier and fighting childhood obesity.
What’s your favorite food?
Are you really asking me this? Haha! Alright, for the sake of answering this question, my favorite food is everything Japanese except crickets.
When you’re not cooking for others, where do you like to eat?
Hm, I have two answers for this. When I’m being healthy, I love to eat at Nanoosh, but when I’m on my shameless “divide and conquer” tip, I’ll eat at Bareburger. Can’t go wrong with a good burger and fries!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love going to the gym and sketching. I also do a little modeling and I love creating recipes for my own health and beauty products. Other than that, you can also find me baking in my free time.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I’m an aspiring bakery owner. I’ll be bringing the best desserts to NYC with the least amount of sugar, while protecting my clients by refusing to use ingredients that may harm them. No corners will be cut! There will be no tea with your cup of sugar, just the real thing as nature intended.
Click here to view Chef Jay’s profile page, where you can check out her available menus and request her for your next meal.
Posted on September 6th, 2016 by Ara Galarza