Chef Jennifer Denlinger to Showcase Culinary Skills at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Much like the chef who inspired the unlikely hero of Disney • Pixar’s “Ratatouille,” Professor of Culinary Management Jennifer Denlinger believes that, with the proper training, “anyone can cook.” While none of Jennifer’s current students physically resemble “Ratatouille’s” rodent protagonist, the film’s anyone-can-do-it theme certainly inspires her role at Valencia and beyond as an educator passionate about teaching others to achieve their culinary ambitions.

Equally enthusiastic about empowering students to earn a Valencia degree and helping everyday, at-home chefs discover new techniques and recipes, Jennifer often seeks opportunities to share her knowledge throughout the community with a special focus on Florida farm-to-table-style cooking. This September, she’ll join a lineup of fellow culinary all-stars as a demonstrator during the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. On Friday, September 7, 2018, at 12:30 p.m., she’ll present how to prepare Coffee Thyme-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Florida Avocado and Sweet Corn Salsa, Garlic Yucca Fries using Florida-sourced ingredients.

No stranger to Walt Disney World, this will be the former Disney apprentice’s third appearance as a Food & Wine Festival demonstrator.


“I received my initial culinary training through an intense apprenticeship program that Disney offered at the time —  Disney’s Culinary Academy,” Jennifer said. “I have many friends who are chefs who work at Disney, and I have always kept in touch with them. I love doing these demos. I like seeing my friends who work there. I like being back in the magic and the excitement of being on stage.”

For more information on how you can support Jennifer at this culinary demonstration, including pricing, click here.

If you can’t make Jennifer’s demonstration (and even if you can), you can learn more from her culinary expertise by purchasing her book, “Berries of my Heart: A Collection of Florida Blueberry, Blackberry and Strawberry Recipes.” Click here to purchase.

1 Comment

  • Nichole Segarra said:

    Congratulations Chef Jenn!

    PMTue, 19 Jun 2018 16:54:04 +0000Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:54:04 +0000pm18,4:54 pm

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