Chef Charlotte Jenkins Shares Her Culinary Roots

Chef Charlotte Jenkins and Chef Joe Randall
Chef Charlotte Jenkins and Chef Joe Randall

Chef Charlotte Jenkins the Executive Chef/ Owner of Gullah Cuisine and cookbook author from Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, was the latest distinguished participant in the Guest Chef Series of 2013 at Chef Joe Randall’s Cooking School on February 26. Many of Chef Joe’s loyal fans and food enthusiast were guests in attendance for the evening.

Chef Joe Randall is pictured here with Chef Charlotte Jenkins, who during the Guest Chef Series featured dishes that drew inspiration from her Gullah cultural roots and her chef ideology. The series will continue to bring some of the best and brightest in the world of culinary arts to Savannah, to impart the joys of cooking and the skills necessary to prepare a savory 4-course meal. Chef Joe is a 50 year veteran of the hospitality and food service industry. During 2013, Randall will celebrate The Edna Lewis Foundation with a monthly Guest Chef Dinner Series. All dinner proceeds will be donated to the foundation. The Edna Lewis Foundation, has recently been designated as a 501(c)3 public charity. Joe Randall, is the chairman of the Foundation’s board of directors. “The Foundation is dedicated to honoring, preserving and nurturing African Americans’ culinary heritage and culture, and to elevating the appreciation of our culinary excellence,” he says.

Edna Lewis (1916- 2006), a native of Virginia, was a prolific chef, cookbook writer and the Grande Dame of Southern Cooking. Among her many awards were: “Who’s Who in American Cooking,” (Cook’s Magazine, 1986); an honorary Ph.D in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales University Norfolk

Chef Bernard Carmouche
Chef Bernard Carmouche
College of Culinary Arts in May 26, 1996”; “James Beard Living Legend Award” (their first such award, 1999), and being named “Grande Dame” (Les Dames d’Escoffier, 1999). “Dr. Edna Lewis was lauded as one of the great women of American cooking. Lewis was also a founding member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and was the very first recipient of their lifetime achievement award in 1999. She cooked in New York City for much of her adult life at Café Nicholson on Manhattan’s East Side, and Gage & Tollner in Brooklyn, also Farrington House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Middleton Place in Charleston, South Carolina, but lived her last years in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Edna Lewis Foundation will host its second fund-raising reception and dinner to celebrate the birth of Edna Lewis on Saturday, April 13, 2013, 6:00 pm at the City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia. For additional information please visit or email the foundation directly at or phone (912) 303-0409.

Up next, on March 25, Chef Bernard Carmouche will participate in the Guest Chef Series with a mouth-watering 4-course dinner. Chef Carmouche, Emeril’s Culinary Director, oversees the kitchen teams and all culinary operations of the company’s two Florida restaurants including Emeril’s Orlando at Universal’s CityWalk® and Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort ® at Universal Orlando Resort®. The cost is $75.00 per person. For additional information or to register go to: or phone (912) 303-0409. All dinner proceeds will be donated to The Edna Lewis Foundation, Inc.

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