Jennifer Denlinger, Ph.D., CCC, CHEP

Jennifer Denlinger, Ph.D., CCC, CHEP


Chef Jennifer Denlinger, PhD, has been a culinary educator for over fourteen years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Central Florida in Hospitality Management, and a M.Ed. from American Intercontinental University in Curriculum Design and CCC and CHEP Designations.  Her Doctoral Research earned her a PhD from Trident University International on “The Effects of Brain Dominance on Culinary and Pastry Students’ Learning Style”.   Her culinary education was acquired through an intensive apprenticeship program at The Walt Disney World Resort Restaurants.   Her lifelong goals includes combining her educational and culinary experiences together to create a positive and active learning environment for students and faculty members in the Culinary Management Program. Jennifer is the Culinary Management Department Coordinator at Valencia College’s Poinciana campus, which hosts a Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center. Being a Chef Instructor, she has always enjoyed learning about the anthropology of food.

Jennifer’s current research outside the culinary classroom is centered on the history and cultural anthropology of food in Florida, from the first settlers to present. It covers 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 food and what it takes to get it to your table.   Some of her work includes helping farmers and growers throughout the state promote their products, all Fresh from Florida. It includes recipes and cooking techniques, as well as insights from her trips to the farms.    Her website is

Jennifer is also an active member of the American Culinary Federation, Central Florida

Jennifer can also be reached at