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Meet Tiffany Jester of Thee Chef J in Stockbridge

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tiffany Jester.

Tiffany, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Thee, Chef J LLC was launched in April 2020, Chef J a.k.a Tiffany “Tip” Jester is no stranger to the kitchen. Cooking has always been a family tradition. My grandmother Hattie Mae Jester was known for her Southern Cuisine in Griffin, GA. Though she was known locally and had many features in news articles, she was never in it for “the money,” she simply enjoyed feeding people. My mom currently owns her own catering business as well. There were moments in college where my friends and I wished we were home because we really missed our parents home-cooked meals! One weekend I wanted to do something special for my friends because we were all homesick. I decided to cater a feast for them one particular Sunday.

Traditionally, Sunday meals in the “SOUTH” are not your average weekly dinners. I decided to serve “Sunday’s Best”! On Sundays, we would have meal options such as; fried chicken, stuffed baked chicken, shrimp, collard greens, mac-n-cheese, yams and cornbread. They were shocked each Sunday and stated that I should consider opening my own business. At first, I thought my friends were just “nice” about my meals. But as time progressed, I decided to test their hypothesis. From there, I began making quality meals at an affordable rate for students at Savannah State University. In 2011, I began working in food & beverage at the Courtyard Marriott in Buckhead, GA. I’ve had the opportunity to showcase my talent by creating “Chef Week” as a career pathway for the youth in Henry County Schools, catering events such as weddings, board meetings, private dinners, meal prep, birthday parties and other catered events.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting your own business is never easy. Thankfully, I’ve had a substantial amount of support from my teacher family, my family, friends, and community. Originally I had a scheduled event to help with the launch of Thee Chef J LLC. Due to COVID- 19 and our current pandemic crisis, I’ve had to revise my approach and find creative ways to network, promote and launch Thee Chef J LLC. I am also an educator and mother of twins. As Stockbridge Middle School’s 2020 – 2021 Teacher of the Year, teaching remotely and parenting while running a business; can be quite an obstacle. I continue to pray for strength, patience, and guidance and allow God to use me.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Thee Chef LLC specializes in serving foodgasms one bite at a time. Many ask what is a foodgasm exactly? It is the pleasurable moment that you experience when you take a bite of a delicious entree. One may result in doing a “happy dance,” “moan,” or both. I specialize in southern cuisine and seafood. A few of my top sellers are my Stuffed Salmon, Infamous Shrimp Dip, Succulent Lobster Tails and Meal Prep. Thus far, my proudest moment as the owner of Thee Chef J LLC is able to provide quality meals at an affordable rate for people in my community. Oftentimes, people want to eat healthier or make better food choices but it can be expensive. If you look at local fast-food chains, restaurants or your local grocery store, you will notice that the price of healthy meal options doubles compared to your fatty/less healthier meals. Within three months, Thee Chef J LLC has been able to provide over 1,000 quality meals at an affordable rate to families.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was the girl next door. You would always see me with my boyfriend, Spalding or Wilson. If I wasn’t helping my mom in the kitchen, you could find me on the basketball court or in my neighborhood culdesac shooting 3’s on someone’s son. I’ve always been quite humorous also. I enjoy the simplicity of life. I feel love, food, music and laughter can solve many things that money can not buy. As an educator, I feel it is my duty to educate the youth on life, not just the standard.

Pricing:

  • Meal Prep: 5 meals for $35.00 (starting price)

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CMitchell Studios

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