Chef Jennifer Denlinger

Culinary Instructor
Culinary Department Chair

Chef Jennifer M. Denlinger PhD., CCC, CHEP
Chef Jennifer Denlinger has been a culinary educator for over ten years. She has a BS from University of Central Florida in Hospitality Management, a M.Ed. from American Intercontinental University in Curriculum Design and a CCC and CHE.  Her culinary education was gained through an intensive apprenticeship program here at Disney.   Her lifelong goal includes combining her educational and culinary experiences together to create a positive learning environment for students and staff members at Culinary School. Being a Chef Instructor she has always enjoyed learning about the Anthropology of Food. 
     Her dissertation for her PhD in Educational Leadership though Trident University International, on her research of how Brain Dominance effects the Learning style of Culinary and Pastry Students.
      Her current research is centered on the History and Cultural Anthropology of Food in Florida, from the first settlers to present. It covers the both the cultural and
economic significance of Florida Food, as well as the significance Florida Agriculture has on the economy. She focuses on the seasonality and freshness of foods. Her website is

In 2020, she won the title of Southeast Educator of the Year from the American Culinary Federation.
Jennifer's active memberships include:
The American Culinary Federation, Central Florida
Chapter- President

The Chaine des Rotisseurs, Orlando Baillage- Chargee de Presse

Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education

Previous Employment Includes:
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts (13.5 years)
- classes taught: meat fabrication, culinary skills, garde manager, culinary nutrition, college success skills, food and beverage cost control management, hospitality management, international cuisine, international cakes and custards, kitchen desserts and restaurant management

Walt Disney World Culinary Team (4.5 years)
-restaurants: Coral Reef, Garden Grill, Le Cellier, Chefs de France, EPCOT Events, including the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival, and the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival; Concourse Steakhouse, California Grill

The Wine Cellar Restaurant, North Redington Beach, Fl (3 years)


Faculty WebSite


Currently all office hours are virtual:
Monday- Friday 10am to 6 pm

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