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Jen Plaggemars

Chef Jen

Chef Jen graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with a bachelors degree in dietetics and health promotion. In December 2010, she pursued my lifelong dream of becoming a chef by studying culinary arts at Kendall College in downtown Chicago.

After graduation in 2012, she worked as the head chef of a vegetarian catering company. There, she was able to develop hundreds of healthy recipes based on seasonal fruits and vegetables. From there, she took a job at Hy-Vee, a midwest grocery store chain, as their head chef and dietitian. Through this job she was able to share her dietitian and culinary expertise through nutrition counseling, cooking classes, and community events.

Since moving back home to West Michigan, she has been working as a personal chef. When she’s not working, she enjoys staying active, adding new recipes to her cooking blog, Cooking is Caring, cheering on the MSU Spartans, traveling with her husband and playing with their dogs, Colby Jack and Walnut Pesto.