“I enjoy developing recipes and the opportunity to be creative in the kitchen, knowing that every day is going to be different.”
“Our team has a lot of moving parts so I ensure my teammates and I have everything we need to do our jobs,” said Jessie, who is affectionately referred to as “The Enforcer” by some of her coworkers. “I enjoy a clean and organized work environment, so I take pride in making sure the Culinary Center is in tip-top shape.”
Through her role, Jessie touches nearly every activity in the culinary center. When she is not managing kitchen operations, she is busy with recipe development, standardized recipe writing/editing, menu development, product innovation, culinary trend spotting, and more. She also manages content on the team’s website, including leading the content development of the seasonal culinary trends newsletter which includes not only recipe development, but overseeing the overall art directing and food styling for the recipe photoshoots.
Prior to joining General Mills in 2011, Jessie previously worked as a Corporate Chef in corporate airline foodservice and catering management. In addition, she worked in independent and corporate casual restaurant foodservice as well as independent catering and test kitchens. She has also served in product development and marketing roles. It was actually during a marketing internship overseas where she found her passion for food.
“I was blown away by numerous culinary experiences while working abroad. That’s when the light bulb went off,” said Jessie. Upon returning to the U.S. after completing the internship, she enrolled in culinary school and has never looked back.
Today, Jessie is happy be part of a fun team at the General Mills Culinary Center where she enjoys developing recipes and the opportunity to be creative in the kitchen. Ask Jessie what her favorite General Mills Foodservice product is and she will tell you it’s the frozen biscuit pucks.
“They are so versatile and can be used in so many applications,” said Jessie. They’re wonderful baked, griddled, waffled and fried! The possibilities are endless!”
- Associated Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts: The Art Institute International Minnesota
- Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising with Copywriting Focus: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities