Renowned chef, reality television personality and cookbook author, Jennifer Hill Booker has collaborated over the years with celebrity chefs and famous restaurateurs like Giada Laurentis and Mario Batali. Jennifer originally discovered her passion for food as a child cooking beside her mother, grandmother and aunts.
Southern-born, Jennifer traveled to Paris to study French cooking at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. Jennifer, now a Le Cordon Bleu certified chef, is Owner and Executive Chef of Your Resident Gourmet, her premier catering and personal chef service company. She is also co-founder of Southern Divas of the New South Dinner Series. Weaving her love of traditional Southern cuisine, incorporating healthy seasonal foods, with her classic French training, she created a unique style of cooking termed Modern Southern Healthy Cuisine with a French Accent.
In France Jennifer discovered that rustic French and traditional Southern dishes use many of the same fresh ingredients. This discovery was the basis for culinary exploration in her first cookbook, Field Peas to Foie Gras: Southern Recipes with a French Accent. Jennifer has followed up her literary success with a second cookbook, Dinner Déjà Vu: Southern Tonight, French Tomorrow. The original approach of this new cookbook is that it uses one list of fresh ingredients for two meals: one distinctly Southern and one uniquely French.
Jennifer has had memorable experience with Jurgielewicz duck. In her own words, “Jurgielewicz offers duck products of superior quality. I love the incredible product variety, knowing that I can create both new dishes like Duck Barbacoa Tacos and classics like Duck Confit, all using Jurgielewicz Ducks!”