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about

Hello! I'm Jenny. I'm a professional chef and creative person based between New York City and Los Angeles. I make food to express the full range of human emotions - even those not well-suited for Instagram. I believe food has a special way of exposing the banal routine and social norms we find ourselves in. It can be a powerful medium for storytelling and create a place for genuine interaction -- if we choose to use it as such.

 

My mission is to use culinary arts as a platform to evoke introspection, empathy and real emotion. Sometimes my food or the environments I create make people uncomfortable, and that's the point. I don't plan on being complicit with the way things are; I want to change the world with my art, even if it's just one honest conversation at a time.

Before I started my journey in food, I was addicted to social acceptance (I still am, just less so). I started my career as a very (literally) hungry management consultant in the fashion industry before moving on to become the youngest MBA candidate at Columbia Business School. Shockingly, resume accolades do not make us truly happy and I found myself depressed and lost. I decided to take a sabbatical and go "find myself" -- which led me to culinary school, various fancy-schmancy starred restaurants and a bizarre set of jobs (ironic highlight: selling cold-pressed juice door-to-door to Silicon Valley VC firms). Through these twists and turns, I parlayed my abilities into a culinary consulting business, which I feel lucky to say has been successful and rewarding while forcing me to grow up and be a professional.

But I wanted more. At the beginning of 2017, I had an epiphany (at acupuncture) that I should use augmented & virtual reality to make my work more impactful. My experiments with these emerging technologies in the 'immersive' world has helped me narrow in on which social issues I'm particularly passionate about, and with that has birthed Studio ATAO. The Studio is my nonprofit baby that keeps me up at night as I rack my brain of ways to keep pushing people's boundaries with food & art and make them feel something. Where does this road lead? I'm still not sure. It's been a hell of a ride so far, but there's no saying what excitements and failures it still has in store. What I do know, however, is that I'll never wake up and wonder "what if?".

And yes, that's a photo of me being doused in honey mustard, because life is about living and the internet is forever.

current projects

Studio ATAO is a nonprofit culinary production studio that creates interdisciplinary, impact-driven content & experiences. Our flagship series, Asian in America is an award-nominated experience fusing food & drink, virtual reality & poetry and has been touring across the U.S. since 2018. Our piece, a VR and immersive dance journey titled HIDDEN, debuted in 2019 and will be traveling globally in 2020. We are in pre-production for our newest series, Glass Through Skin, a therapeutic exhibition & culinary experience on the normalization of female pain through the axes of sexuality and the 'female' body.

 
 
 

writing

Articles

How to Fund a Food Business for People Who Have No Idea Where to Start - VICE

How Virtual Reality is Training the Next Generation of Restaurant Workers -- Tasting Table

Khao Piak Sen Is Lao-Style Chicken Noodle Soup With Soul -- Serious Eats

How Augmented and Virtual Reality Will Reshape the Food Industry -- TechCrunch

Drink Cocktails in Outer Space with this VR Experience -- Thrillist Supercall

Kanuchi and the Search for a Native American Soup for Thanksgiving --- Serious Eats

Sommelier Chad Walsh on Why All-American Wine Menus Matter -- Michelin Guide USA

How One Chef Is Rising to Obama’s Call for Action -- Taste.Company

Chef Tatsu and the Art of Edomae Sushi -- Michelin Guide USA

Naem: The Art of Fermentation with Sticky Rice -- Life & Thyme

A Chef Uncovers the Secrets of Umami -- The Takeout

Essays

I’m Chinese, but It Took Me 28 Years to Buy My First Wok -- Food52

Yes, This Meal Is Supposed to Make You Feel Uncomfortable -- Narratively

Failure Chronicles: The Surprising Power Of Being ‘Chopped’ -- Girlboss

Sitting at the Table with Shame -- Sumac Magazine

I Left My MBA To Become A Chef... And This Is What Happened -- The Huffington Post

Asian in America: A Symbolic 3 Course Meal -- Hyphen Magazine & Goldthread

What 5 Entry Level Jobs Taught Me About Running My Own Business -- SWAAY

4 Life Lessons I Learned From Being On Reality TV -- Thought Catalog

Books (Print)

Kodawari -- Omakase Room by Tatsu Restaurant, 2018

One Pot Meals -- Dash, 2018

Air Frying for Everyone -- Dash, 2018

Mastering the Instant Pot -- SkyHorse Publishing, 2019

Joie de Vivre -- Boucherie Restaurant, 2019

Healthy Cocktails -- SkyHorse Publishing, 2019

The Infrared Grill Master - Ulysses Press, 2020

Branded

Inside Eater and Hennessy V.S.O.P’s 2nd Annual Supperclub -- Eater

4 Unexpected Foods to Pair with Sake -- Eater

Where to Drink Sake (and Pair It With Delicious Food) in NYC - Eater

 

food portfolio

 

I've been fortunate to work with a wide range of interesting companies, from Fortune 500 brands to nonprofits to local chains. My background in finance, management consulting, and global R&D has given me a unique perspective on what makes for a successful food-based venture, and I enjoy tackling age-old problems in creative new ways. I've launched new restaurant and culinary concepts (nationally and internationally); developed recipes and wrote cookbooks; planned and executed custom events large and small; made experimental content (branded and non) for audiences from social media to editorial. I love projects where I have the freedom to take big, abstract ideas and turn them into culinary content or experiential events. If you have an interesting concept you'd like to make even more delicious, please contact me below.

client list

Pepsi

OpenTable

Fair Trade USA

Blue Marble Dreams: Bel Rev

San-J

O2 Aspen

Cayuga Collection

Food Arts Center

MamaGyro 

Hill's Pet Nutrition

Harper's Bazaar

Deloitte

Spice Thai

HIRED

CAP Nutrition

National Honey Board

Asian Box 

MKT Grafton

Egunsi Foods

Food Loves Tech

Ito En: MatchaLove

Storebound: DASH

Panda Restaurant Group

Eventbrite

Vimeo

Leisurely

Plated

Ollie

Taste.Company

Noodlelove

June Life

Culture Trip

Milk Money Kitchens

Everyday with Rachel Ray

Vox Media

Well + Good

Chef's Feed

Chef's Roll

Cooking with Scraps

Blood Sugar Miracle

The Future of AR in Restaurants

Restaurant Managers Handbook

 

awards & speaking engagements

2019 Regional Finalist (North America), San Pellegrino Young Chefs

2019 The Art of Plating "On the Rise" Honoree

2019 James Beard House Featured Chef

2018 Finalist, Future of Storytelling "Bridging the Divide" Award

2017 Les Dames D'Escoffier Legacy Awards

2016 Winner, Beat Bobby Flay​ on Food Network

2016 James Beard Foundation Jean Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant

2015 Bocuse d'or Ment'or Continuing Education Grant

2012 Les Dames D'Escoffier New York Culinary Arts Scholarship 

I've been fortunate to share my story in front of a wide variety of audiences these last few years. I pride myself in being authentic and honest about all parts of my journey, even the ugly, scary, and disappointing moments. 

Moderator, When to Jump NYC Summit 2017

Panelist, Thomson Reuters "Leadership and the Asian Culture"

Panelist, Happy Family Night Market "Gender & Tradition At the Table"

Panelist, Lampix "Eat, Play, Augmented Reality"

Panelist, Bluecart "Food Waste: Where Are We Now?"

Panelist, Tech Inclusion "Using VR to Build Empathetic Experiences"

Panelist, Red Dot Annual Art Show "Uncommon Womxn"

Panelist, Apex for Youth "Asian American Entrepreneurs in Food"

Panelist, GRLSQUASH x MoFAD "Women in Food"

Panelist, Charleston Wine & Food Festival "Boss Lady"

Keynote Speaker, Yellow Creative Technology Summit

Presenter, Future of Storytelling Summit

Presenter, ReThink Conference by CIA Copia & MIT Media Lab

Featured Guest, ATTN "Dish History" Series: Ramen and Pad Thai

Speaker, Crushing the Myth

Speaker, Union Square Hospitality Group Diversity & Inclusion Council

Speaker, Knives & Ink Book Launch

Judge, Food Network "Chopped At Home" Contest

Judge, Taste of Greater Gainesville "Iron Chef" Competition

Judge, 2019 IACP Awards, Julia Childs First Cookbook Category

If you're looking for a culinary voice for an event, please contact me below.

press

Jenny Dorsey Chef Culinary Consultant Career Brit and Co Press
Jenny Dorsey Chef Wall Street Journal
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Jenny Dorsey Chef Secret Undeground Supperclub Bustle
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Jenny Dorsey Chef Career Change Swaay Media

Knives & Ink (Bloomsbury, 2016)

Adventures of Women Entrepreneurs (Radius, 2017)

Dark Horse (HarperOne, 2018)

 

work with me

Interested in working together on something awesome?
Download my media kit, or send me a note below or at hello@jennydorsey.co and I'll be in touch!
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