and Justin Tootla
Jennifer and Justin met while attending the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and have since traveled and cooked from Maine to Alaska. Some notable and influential stops have been Prune and Le Bernardin in NYC, Chez Panisse in Berkley CA, Eva in Los Angeles, The National and Farm 255 in Athens GA, Mission Table in Traverse City MI, Yusho, and Kinmont in Chicago. Their most recent adventure was at Thank You Chinese also in Chicago where they served as Co-Executive chefs, developing a menu that bridged the gap between American and traditional regional Chinese cuisine.
Jennifer was raised in Northeast Georgia where she learned the traditions of her Southern heritage cooking with both her grandmothers since she was knee high to a grasshopper. Growing up, Justin’s mother introduced him to the bounty of the Midwest, while his father taught him the food of his Indian culture, their house always smelled like curry.
When they’re not cooking, they like to spend their time talking about cooking, trolling Instagram, swimming in Lake Michigan and drinking Tecate, sometimes all at once.