A 16-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Jared began his career in Lincoln, Neb., working at restaurants such as the Rococo Theatre as sous chef and Misty’s Steakhouse and Brewery as executive chef. While working, he attended culinary school at Southeast Community College, graduating as a certified chef with the American Culinary Federation. He continued his education at the University of Nebraska, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Culinology (food science). With degree in hand, he traveled to Chicago and became a chef with Lettuce Entertain You in the upscale Wildfire division, honing his skills in American, French and Asian techniques. Three years later, he joined Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant as R&D chef, developing wine dinners and menu concepts and working with the Celiac Foundation to help create more effective dining options for allergen sensitive diners.