Monday, October 26, 2009

Young Chef on the Come Up with New Restaurant, TV Show

Jennifer Gavin of Catered Excellence. (Photo: Jennifer Gavin)

If you follow Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen as closely as I do, then you might recognize Jennifer Gavin as the young, spitfire chef from the fourth season of FOX-TV's hit reality chef competition.

She made such an impression on Ramsay in her determination to go up against more seasoned and skilled chefs that he told her he'd personally send her to culinary school the day she was eliminated.

One year later, Gavin's doing her own thing, including spearheading a new catering company (Catered Excellence), hosting a regular cooking series at the South Loop Whole Foods, opening a new restaurant in Hyde Park in 2010, plus hosting the first-ever cooking series on Black Entertainment Television that's scheduled to debut next June.

This week alone, she's in great demand with a couple of notable appearances.

Look for her at The Chopping Block Merchandise Mart when she goes up against two other female chefs—Iron Chef-style—during Today's Chicago Woman's annual Taste of TCW event.

She's taking on Top Chef sweetheart Radhika Desai and Elaina Vazquez, owner of Chicago’s gourmet catering company Boutique Bites and a former chef at Tru.

Going down 6-9pm Oct. 28, the event is $75 and includes cocktails, plus hors d’oeuvres created from the participating chefs' favorite recipes.

You can also catch Gavin at 6:30pm Oct. 29 at the South Loop Whole Foods (1101 S. Canal St., 312-435-4600) for a pre-Halloween party. If you're planning your own scary soiree Saturday, you'll want to attend to get tips on seasonal cocktails and appetizers. It's $40.

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