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Meet Chef Jernard Wells

December 21 @ 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

NOTE: Signed books are limited to the first 100 copies sold of Southern Modified at Macy’s on State Street. Proof of purchase is required. Pre-event purchases are encouraged. No memorabilia or personal items will be signed and there is no place holding. All events subject to change or cancellation.

Jernard Wells is an award-winning celebrity chef, TV host, bestselling cookbook author known from numerous appearances on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel. He and actress Denise Boutte teamed up to create a cookbook of modified Southen favorites.

Denise Boutte is a Louisiana-born actress and producer, known for Why Did I Get Married? (2007), Extreme Movie (2008) and Young Justice (2010). She has been married to Kevin Boutte since 2003. They have one child.

Chef Wells has worked with Tyler Perry, NBA star Brandon Ingram, Lady Antebellum and Ricky Bell & Michael Bivins of New Edition/BBD. He has been featured on the Today Show, People magazine, Steve Harvey Morning Show, Essence magazine, Pickler & Ben, Home & Family, Lifetime, & HLN, among others.

The James Beard House-honored Chef is affectionately called “The Family Chef” because he loves using food to promote positive family images. He and his wife of 20 years have nine children and live in Atlanta.

His six books, sauces, and spices are available on ChefJernard.com. Follow him on all social media at @ChefJernard

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Macy’s State Street

111 N. State Street, Lower Level
Chicago, IL 60602
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