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Interview with Chef Jamie McFadden

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Jamie McFadden

Jamie McFadden Executive Chef/Founder Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine & Events, Winter Park Florida

jamiemcfadden.jpg-20130227Chef Jamie’s “Fresh Approach” Cooking style and attention to detail has proven to be the perfect ingredients in creating a very exciting and successful career path.

In 1990 he began to build his reputation as an award winning chef working at various high profile restaurants including his own restaurant, Mimi’s Café & Wine Bar.  In 1998 he founded Cuisiniers Catered Cuisine & Events and just celebrated 15 years in creating unforgettable events.   In early 2011 Jamie introduced Central Floridians to his version of a tasting bar with his “bar J me” concept. To date this experience has received high marks in the press. In September 2011, the Orlando Sentinel stated “barJme reinvents the chef table” and “dinner at the kitchen counter may never be the same”.

Other career highlights include preparing two Central Florida inspired meals at the James Beard House in New York City. Co-Founding The PEAS Foundation which provides food insecure households with Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, Appearing and Cooking on NBC’s “Today Show” “Dinner in the Sky” segment with Bravo’s 3rd Season “Top Chef” winner Hung Huynh, Teaching at the Walt Disney World, Disney Institute, Participating in cooking events including Alexander Valley Vineyards and Gundlach Bundschu Wineries both located in Sonoma California, the Destin Charity Wine Auction, and the Culinary Vegetable Institutes Annual Food and Wine Celebration in Milan, Ohio.  When not in the kitchen Jamie sits on the advisory boards of Edible Orlando Magazine, The Central Florida Hope & Help Center, The Second Harvest Food Bank and he participates in the “Chefs Move Schools” program.

In 2007, Restaurant Forum named Chef Jamie one of Central Florida’s Top 20 Chef’s.  He is the only caterer to receive this award.  The Orlando Business Journal named Jamie one of Orlando’s “40 Under 40” which recognizes the rising young professionals who are shaping the economy of Central Florida.   Most recently Jamie was inducted into the Orlando Sentinel Culinary Hall of Fame and Best Chefs America.  This Fall Chef Jamie will be moving Cuisiniers to the brand new East End Market in Orlando.  This exciting venue will house a variety of Artisans, event planners, a restaurant and a unique event space for Cuisiniers to host events for up to 125 guests.