Chef Ayanna Kerese’s love of food was established early in life. Born in Jamaica her palate was exposed to many different melting pots of cultures and their cuisines. From African to Indian, Chinese and many others,  Jamaican cuisine always incorporated a fusion of tastes that she loved to try to decipher. Growing up in the military she often got a chance to sample foods from different parts of the world prepared by her mother or the mothers of her friends.
Her specialty is International and Southern Cuisine with a contemporary twist. She graduated class Valedictorian from L’e Cole Culinaire with a degree in Culinary Arts. She was featured and won Food Networks Food Court Wars. She also does competitive cooking which she has  received many awards for including  a national contest for Chilean Avocados, which was her first recipe publication, along with two cookbooks, the first to be published by years end.   Her clientele list include NBA Superstars like Ed Davis with the L. A. Lakers,  Tony Allen, Courtney Lee & Quincy Pondexter with the Memphis Grizzlies, Monta Ellis and former University of Memphis Head Coach Joshua Pastner and a host of Memphis Elite.  Chef Ayanna began Chef Du Jour to bring Fresh, Innovative and Delicious food back to the table