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About Me

A Chef with Style!

Whether it’s in the kitchen, in front of the camera, or speaking on tour, Chef Jamika is known for being a dynamic business woman and inspiration, shaking up perceptions of what a female chef can really do.

Jamika Pessoa is a classically trained Chef and Television Personality. After college, she started her first professional career as a corporate marketing executive, and after a short time in the field she realized that corporate life was not for her. The next steps in her journey were a true walk in faith, and she chose to follow her heart and her true passion – food! She traded in her business suit for a chef’s coat, and has never looked back!

Jamika Pessoa officially became “Chef Jamika” graduating from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Her training allowed her to study abroad in Italy and Austria as well as work for the illustrious Ritz Carlton Hotel. In 2006, she paired her business acumen with her love of cooking and entertaining – launching her catering business, Life of the Party Catering – becoming the Celebrity Chef for a high-profile roster of clients including rappers, athletes and entertainers nationwide.

Since launching her television career as a contestant on The Food Network’s Next Food Network Star in 2009, she has appeared on a number of nationally-acclaimed television shows including, Good Morning America, HLN Weekend Express, Unique Sweets, The Today Show, Guy’s Grocery Games, the Chew, Sister Circle, Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Dr. Oz’s new series The Dish on Oz. She is also the Co-Host for the Food Network’s Let’s Eat. From contestant, to guest judge, contributor, co-host and host, she is seriously ‘stirring’ up the food industry.

As a Southern Belle with Caribbean roots, Chef Jamika’s cooking style is described as “Caribbean Heat meets Southern Sweet”, which is also akin to her spicy and sweet personality. Her recipes offer bold flavors and unexpected delicious twists that definitely keep the party going! Jamika Pessoa lives in Los Angeles and Atlanta with her husband and daughter.