Rising Star Pastry Chef Joy Jessup of Rene's Bistrot (Now Closed) - Biography

New Orleans, LA

June 2003

Joy Jessup trained at the Valrhona Ecole du Grand Chocolat in Tain Hermitage, France and graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Jessup joined the Renaissance Hotels of New Orleans team in May of 2003, where she earned a spot among the 2003 StarChefs.com Rising Star Chefs, and assisted in the opening of the Renaissance Arts Hotel and the new restaurant force with Chefs Rene Bajeux and Bingo Starr. She was formerly the executive pastry chef at The Grill Room, Windsor Court Hotel. Prior to joining The Grill Room in 2001, she taught the Pastry Certificate program at the Greystone Campus of Culinary Institute of America. Joy has consulted for several restaurants in the San Francisco area and has held positions at the renowned Kokari, La Folie and Carnelian Room in San Francisco and Evvia in Palo Alto, California.