Jennifer GuerraNordstrom Restaurants
Chef Jen joined the Nordstrom culinary team as a Sous Chef in 2008, became a chef in 2009, and is currently running her kitchen in the Café Bistro in Nordstrom Dadeland Mall. She was also part of the culinary training team when Nordstrom opened their Jacksonville & Puerto Rico stores.
She runs one of the Café Bistro kitchens—one of many Nordstrom restaurant Concepts. Café Bistro is a casual restaurant featuring its interpretation of bistro cuisine using local, sustainable, natural & organic ingredients.
Born & raised in Manila, Philippines, Jen grew up watching cooking shows on tv, both local & international. She loved the whole idea of working with your hands, creating something wonderful, feeding people, and watching people savor her food. It was Wolfgang Puck’s cooking show that gave her the epiphany that she wanted to create food and become a chef. While she was in school finishing her hospitality degree, she took her first job in the food and beverage industry learning the art of making coffee as a barista for one of the local coffee shops. She then apprenticed under renowned Chef David Pardo de Ayala, honing her skills in classical French cuisine. She took a break from the kitchen and found herself back behind the espresso machine this time working for Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf but in Dubai, U.A.E.
After a two-year stint as a barista, Jen went back home to the Philippines & decided to go back to the kitchen and work as a personal chef. Then she found her way in the US and worked her way up from a being a cook for Sanibel Harbor Resort & Spa, then as a junior sous chef for the Hilton Ft Lauderdale, and then as a sous chef & mobile trainer for III Forks Steakhouse in Hallandale beach.