Jessica Theroux is a chef and artist whose passion lies in building community and health by gathering people around the kitchen table. A photographer and filmmaker, in 2003 Jessica was awarded the Arnold Fellowship by Brown University to travel to Italy and document food traditions. In 2005 shw was nominated by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse for a year-long culinary fellowship at the Montalvo Arts Center. She is now a freelance chef, teaching cooking at the Esalen Institute, Montalvo Arts Center, in the public school system, and privately from her home. Jessica continues to be in awe of food as a simple yet profound source of pleasure and connection.