CHEF JENNA JOHANSEN (Forkly: @jennajohansen)
We’ve loved seeing Chef Jenna Johansen’s tastes on Forkly over the past few months. And with good reason! Her range of dishes offer a little something for everyone. Read on to learn more…
I use forkly to catch up on food porn, to see where and what I want to eat next, and to share some of the great dishes I’m eating with people who love delicious food as much as I do.
Chef Johansen’s love of travel has taken her all over the world, leading her to Italy and Spain and back to her homebase, Denver, Colorado. Her worldly dishes have garnered recent acclaim during the first season of Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates, which took the adventurous chef on a culinary tour of the world in which she competed against 12 other chefs for a $150,000 grand prize. Jenna is currently a member of the chef-driven culinary group FIVE™ and is working on her own brand of boutique food products.
Chef Johansen began her culinary career in a bakery at the age of 14. Since that first job, she has learned every element of a restaurant, from high volume corporate chef positions and waiting tables to becoming the executive chef of several independent restaurants. She has carefully planned her career around education rather than notable names, gravitating towards restaurants that gave her the opportunity to learn. Jenna’s cuisine is simple, seasonal, and surprising.
I return every day to the kitchen in the hopes that I’ll make people happy with my food. When a guest stops by to tell me they’ve just had an “a-ha” moment because of my brussels sprouts, that, to me, is an accomplishment.
Catch Chef Johansen on Bravo’s Around the World in 80 Plates on Wednesday nights from May through July. To get a taste of her cooking, meet her in person:
In the meantime, enjoy some of her Forkly tastes below. You can follow her on Forkly at @jennajohansen (and on Twitter with the same handle).