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Jennifer Burns

Jennifer Burns

Ms. Groovy's Kitchen Charleston, WV

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Jennifer's work combines: Entrepreneurship, Food, and Learning / Being Challenged

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Day In The Life

Owner-Executive Chef

I own and operate a catering company.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

    Marshall University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Chefs and Head Cooks:

Bachelor's Degree: Business Administration and Management, General

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    My first job was at Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream. The food service industry was always my back-up job.

  • 2.

    I majored in education in college, because I didn't see food service as a serious career.

  • 3.

    After college, I got married & became a stay-at-home mom for 6 years.

  • 4.

    During that time I worked part-time for a couple of catering companies & started in direct sales.

  • 5.

    I liked owning my own business, but my success caused stress on my marriage, so I quit.

  • 6.

    When I went back to work full-time I worked in radio sales. One of my clients owned a restaurant.

  • 7.

    That client hired me to do their marketing and start a catering division. The restaurant closed.

  • 8.

    I had catering business booked for the restaurant when it closed, so I started Ms. Groovy's Kitchen.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Parents:

    You should get a safe job working 9 to 5 in an office or something. Maybe I could get a job teaching. I hear regularly that I work way too hard and she doesn't know how or why I do it.

  • How I responded:

    I just decided to leap. When I worked for the radio station as a sales rep I got the opportunity to meet a lot of business owners. That's when I knew I really wanted to own my own business. Food service was always fun and easy to me. When I went to work for the restaurant, I found my passion for cooking. When I had the opportunity to combine my two passions of business ownership and cooking it was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I decided to leap and failure wasn't an option.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I am a single mother of four children. When my husband (who is a CPA) & I split I had very little money and zero credit. Working hard to change things is how I deal with it.

  • I am ADHD. I have lots of tricks that help me focus and I surround myself with great people who have strengths where I have weaknesses.