About Chef Jen

Biography

I graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with a bachelors degree in dietetics and health promotion. In December 2010, I pursued my lifelong dream of becoming a chef by studying culinary arts at Kendall College in downtown Chicago. 

After graduation in 2012, I worked as the head chef of a vegetarian catering company. There, I was able to develop hundreds of healthy recipes based on seasonal fruits and vegetables. From there, I took a job at Hy-Vee, a midwest grocery store chain, as their head chef and dietitian. Through this job I was able to share my dietitian and culinary expertise through nutrition counseling, cooking classes, and community events.

Since moving back home to West Michigan, I have been working as a personal chef. When I’m not working, I enjoy staying active, adding new recipes to my cooking blog, Cooking is Caring, cheering on the MSU Spartans, traveling with my husband and playing with our dogs, Colby Jack and Walnut Pesto.

Specialties

Healthy Cooking — I’m passionate about developing healthy recipes that prove that healthy cooking doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor.

Special Diets — I specialize in food allergy-sensitive menus as well as vegan and vegetarian menus, so you can be sure to find something for everyone.

Customized Services — I’ll listen to what foods and flavors you like and what you want to avoid, and I’ll develop the perfect menu to meet your needs.

Locations I Typically Travel To

Holland – Saugatuck – Grand Haven – South Haven – Fennville

I would be happy to travel to your location, however, there will be a $50 travel fee for locations more than 1 hour away from Holland.

Let’s work together

Whether you’ve got a party coming up that you need catered, or you’re interested in sharpening your cooking skills, I’d love to help you! Contact Chef Jen to learn more about what I can do for you.

Contact Chef Jen

"Chef Jen’s cooking is top notch. She goes to great lengths to get the freshest ingredients, from meat to seafood to produce, and prepares them perfectly. Just as important as her service, Jen is great to work with – friendly, open-minded and completely accommodating of her client’s preferences. The time she spent getting to know our likes and dislikes resulted in the perfect meal."

Sarah B.