Jamie Lauren, Season 5
Contestant
Hometown: New York, NY
Resides: Los Angeles, CA
Currently Executive Chef at Beechwood in Venice, California, Jamie’s interest in the culinary arts started at a young age, cooking with her parents in Manhattan. Jamie quickly became one of San Francisco Chronicle’s “Rising-Star Chefs” by 2005. Jamie continued to receive accolades by elevating the cuisine at Absinthe where she served as Executive Chef from 2007-2010. She went on to be named Restaurant Hospitality’s “Rising Star Chef 2008.” An honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Jamie has had the opportunity to work with many acclaimed chefs including: Anita Lo of Annisa in New York City; Lance Dean Velasquez formerly of Bendean in Berkeley; and Jean-Michel Bouvier of L’Essential in Chambéry, France. Jamie credits these chefs for teaching her how to meld exotic flavors and ingredients. Jamie’s menu at Beechwood highlights her commitment to organic, locally grown, seasonal ingredients.