Jenna Johansen joined Epicurean Catering in 2013 with a brand new position of Innovation Chef. She works closely with the culinary and event design teams to develop new, creative concepts and refresh the presentation of many tried and true dishes. She brings a fresh perspective and the attitude that you can offer restaurant quality food in any venue. Her passion for food and 23 years of culinary experience lend their own special ingredients to the Epicurean experience.
Johansen is well known in the food industry locally and nationally with her participation in some of the premier food events in Colorado and Nationally, including the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, the James Beard House in NYC, the Snowmass Culinary Arts Festival and the Frisco BBQ Challenge. She has been a judge at numerous cooking competitions and donates an extraordinary amount of time and energy to local charities. She was the chef/owner of Dish! in the Vail Valley, and you might also recognize her as one of 12 professional chefs who appeared on the Bravo’s global culinary competition, Around the World in 80 Plates.
Since the age of 14, Johansen has been passionate about pursuing her dream of becoming a chef. She pursued and earned two separate degrees, one in Restaurant and Resort Management from Colorado State University and a Culinary Degree from Johnson & Wales University.