Fewer than 20 given Level II Chef Rating annually from Culinary Institute of America
Jennifer Jackson, who is considered a lead faculty member at the Yavapai College Culinary Institute of Sedona, recently became one of fewer than 20 people annually to earn a prestigious Level II Chef Rating from the Culinary Institute of America. The Institute is described by some as the world’s premier culinary college.
The rating is bestowed only on students who apply and are accepted to the Institute and who complete four days of rigorous examination and kitchen practice.
Ms. Jackson was professionally trained at the Oregon Culinary Institute in Portland, Oregon and is a certified Professional Chef from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York. Her first endeavor, “Good Things,” was a kitchen gift and antique store in Natchez, Mississippi. Jennifer also owned and operated Delta Blues Gumbo, which provided her famous gumbo to numerous delicatessens in the Portland, Oregon area.
She has been teaching cooking classes the past several years in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Sedona. Most recently she joined Yavapai Community College. She also taught classes at Sur La Table – Fashion Square/Scottsdale and St. Mary’s Food Bank Community Kitchen.
You may read more about the award in the online Verde Independent article by clicking here.