Joy Jessup trained at the Valrhona Ecole du Grand Chocolat in Tain Hermitage, France and graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.
Joy joined the Renaissance Hotels of New Orleans team in May of 2003 and will assist in the opening of the Renaissance Arts Hotel and the new restaurant force with Chefs Rene Bajeux and Bingo Starr. Joy 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.