10 QUESTIONS WITH GLOBAL CULINARY STAR JOELEN KENNY
Joelen Kenny of What's Cookin' Chicago? brings over a decade of experience as a culinary instructor and former executive chef. She is recognized in local, national and global media, has worked with celebrity chefs and develops recipes with major food brands. Joelen focuses on cuisine and culture, often teaching with a hands-on and interactive approach.
What’s your favorite book?
Cookbooks! I especially like cookbooks about various cuisines and cultures.
Any food related movie.
Favorite TV show?
When did you realize you wanted to share your passion/skill?
When I saw how much friends enjoyed learning how to make something in the kitchen after teaching them informally, I realized teaching others was a way I can help others.
Did you go to school for your craft or teach yourself?
I grew up in the kitchen (my parents were caterers) and I also had formal culinary training. I also enjoy creating recipes on my own in the kitchen.
If you could choose a spirit animal what would it be?
Turtle - wise, walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity.
What makes you laugh until you cry?
My husband and his puns.
How do you like to spend your weekend?
I love checking out new restaurants, hiking, gardening, relaxing at home with family.
What’s your favorite city and why?
Chicago is my favorite city - self-explanatory!
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! Talking to people about what they like, where they're from and who they are will often spark a food topic. It's those conversations that inspire me to create something meaningful and delicious in the kitchen!
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