For more than 30 years, Lisa Gershenson has honed her passion, knowledge and skills in the kitchen. She was founder and co-owner of one of Chicago’s finest caterers, J & L Inc. She was the director of the Community Kitchen program at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Her program there was the recipient of the “National Best” Award by America’s Second Harvest, was profiled in the Wall Street Journal and featured on PBS’ News Hour with Jim Lehrer. The school lunch program that she helped design and she ran at Perspectives Charter School was described as the “gold standard for school lunches” in Chicago Magazine. With an interest in social enterprises and training, Lisa served as chief operating officer for Sweet Miss Giving’s Bakery and consulted on the Hot Bread Kitchen in New York City.
Along the way Lisa has shared her extraordinary talent, wisdom (and heavenly food) as a consultant to numerous culinary start-ups as well as with countless family members, friends, and colleagues. Indeed, Lisa’s interest in and ability to share her knowledge and culinary expertise may be her greatest achievement – she has inspired and encouraged many good souls to new heights in their own kitchens.