HCCC cancels October 30 Pop-up Dining Event with Jesse Jones

Chef Jesse Jones
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Chef Jesse Jones

Hudson County Community College has announced it has canceled its planned Pop-up Dining Fundraiser featuring the cuisine of nationally acclaimed chef and HCCC alumnus, Jesse Jones.

The event was to take place Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the HCCC Culinary Conference Center, located at 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey City.

The college’s statement read: “It is with regret that Hudson County Community College (HCCC) announces the cancellation of the Pop-up Dining Fundraiser that was to feature the cuisine of nationally acclaimed chef and HCCC alumnus, Jesse Jones. Those who purchased tickets for the event are asked to contact Mirta Sanchez, Assistant to the Vice President for Planning and Development, by emailing msanchez@hccc.edu, or phoning 201-360-4004.”

No information on a possible rescheduled event was given. Proceeds were to provide Foundation scholarships to deserving HCCC students. Reservations may be made by calling 201-360-4009 or logging onto https://bit.ly/2njEDyU

The chef

Jesse Jones inherited his passion for cooking from his mother and grandmother, and developed his technique at the HCCC Culinary Arts Institute (CAI). He has been featured in cooking competitions, demos, and fundraisers nationwide. Known as “personal chef to the stars,” his culinary creations have earned the praise of singer John Legend, journalist “Sunny” Hostin, filmmaker Tyler Perry, actress Michelle Williams, and others.

Appearing on several TV programs, he is known for his charismatic storytelling as well as his cookbook memoir entitled, POW! My Life in 40 Feasts.

In addition to his training at Hudson County Community College, Chef Jesse earned a business certificate from Katherine Gibbs School for Business Management. His resumé includes 15 years of experience at ARAMARK, and managing the food service staff of 60 at AT&T.

He perfected his French technique under esteemed chefs Dennis Foy at Town Square Restaurant (Chatham), David Drake at Stage House Tavern (Scotch Plains), and Craig Shelton at The Ryland Inn (Whitehouse Station). In 2003, he opened his own establishment, Heart & Soul Restaurant (South Orange, NJ), and closed it three years later to focus on building his catering business, Chef Jesse Concepts.