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Join us at our location in Macy’s on State Street for a signing of Chef Jernard’s new book “Southern Inspired” | December 10th | 1pm CST

December 10 @ 1:00 pm


December 10th | 1pm CST

Southern Inspired | Chef Jernard




Delicious and inventive recipes that remix the traditional flavors and classic dishes of Southern food and celebrate African American cooks contributions to tables around the world

After growing up in Mississippi, Jernard Wells brought the familiar dishes and bold flavors of the South along on his culinary journey to chef, restaurateur, and TV host. With Southern Inspired, Jernard continues his journey–retracing the steps of generations of African American cooks whose creations contributed to global kitchen tables since slavery. Southern food defines American food at large, and Jernard takes it to a whole new level while still honoring its roots. Jernard also brings in flavors from the Caribbean, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, always with his signature Southern flair.

This cookbook shares 100 recipes that are approachable for both beginners and more experienced cooks. You’ll find dishes for busy weekdays, backyard barbecues, slow-paced dinner parties, indulgent brunches, and holiday feasts, including:

 Blackened Catfish with Smoked Gouda Grits
 Sweet Tea-Brined Fried Chicken
 Oxtails and Bowties
 Creamy Collard Green Dip and Crostini
 Over-the-Top Lime BBQ Shrimp Tacos
 One-Pot Vegetable Caribbean Noodles
 Cast-Iron Skillet Creamed Corn
 Fried Green Tomatillos
 Chicken Cheeseburger Eggrolls
 Georgia Peach Hot Chicken Sandwiches
 Cranberry Whiskey Glazed Pork Ribs
 BBQ Shrimp and Grits
Granny Gwen’s Banana Pudding
 Mason Jar Raspberry Chocolate Trifles

Accompanied by beautiful color photography, Southern Inspired showcases Jernard’s American food: fresh, personal recipes packed with traditions and heartwarming family stories from an African American chef’s perspective.




Jernard Wells is an Award-Winning TV Host/Celebrity Chef/ Bestselling Cookbook Author best known from numerous Food Network & Cooking Channel shows. He is the host of “New Soul Kitchen” and “New Soul Kitchen Remix” on CLEO TV and food contributor on “The Best Things I Ever Ate” on Cooking Channel as well as “Food Fantasies on Oprah Winfrey Network”. Wells has worked with, TV One Founder Cathy Hughes, Rushion McDonald, Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage, Rickey Smiley, Tyler Perry, NBA star Jerry Stackhouse, Brandon Ingram, Lady Antebellum, New Edition & Bel, Biv, Devoe, He has been featured on “Today Show”, PEOPLE, “Steve Harvey Morning Show”, ‘Rickey Smiley Morning Show”, ESSENCE, “Pickler & Ben”, “Home & Family”, Lifetime & HLN to name a few. Wells is a 2 Time Telly Award winner and Taste Award winner, the James Beard House Honored Chef is affectionately called “The Family Chef” because he loves using food to promote positive family images.


December 10
1:00 pm
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Macy’s State Street
111 N. State Street, Lower Level
Chicago, IL 60602
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