Jeff McInnis Mentors Students, Cooks Family-Style at Johnson & Wales University

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All photos by Laine Doss
Jeff McInnis (second from left) poses with Johnson & Wales students.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar's executive chef, Jeff McInnis, served a family-style Southern meal at Johnson & Wales University as part of the school's distinguished visiting chef series of dinners.

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McInnis was the latest in a line of talented graduates of the school's culinary program to return to the school to mentor current students and host a dinner. The dinners allow students currently enrolled in the culinary programs to experience first-hand what it's like to work on the line with one of the city's best toques.

McInnis, a 1998 graduate of Johnson & Wales' Charleston Campus, spent two days with the students, teaching them cooking techniques and sharing his experiences on Top Chef. The four-course dinner is prepared, for the most part, by the students, who volunteer their time in exchange for the opportunity to work with a top chef.

The dinners, hosted throughout the school year, help to raise scholarship fund for deserving students. Philip Velez was presented with a $2,000 award at the dinner.

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Jeff McInnis shows JWU students how to plate a salad to his specification.

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This take on a classic wedge featured crisp iceberg lettuce, fresh tomatoes, a pimento and lardo crouton, and a slice of crisp ham, cured from a 320-pound wild boar.


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1701 NE 127th St., North Miami, FL

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