Chef Ayanna Kerese’s love of different foods 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 received second place in a national contest for Chilean Avocados, which was her first recipe publication, along with two cookbooks, the first to be published by years end.  She has been featured at the Southern Women’s Show as a guest chef and has worked different venues including teaching classes for a local cooking school. She also has in-depth experience in the preparation of kosher meals. Chef Ayanna also works as a Private Chef for NBA Superstars like Ed Davis with the L. A. Lakers,  Hometown Favorite Quincy Pondexter with the Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks lead man Monta Ellis and University of Memphis Head Coach Joshua Pastner.  Chef Ayanna began Chef Du Jour to bring Fresh, Innovative and Delicious food back to the table Certifications
All the following certifications are from the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation(NRAEF).
Nutrition
   Controlling Food Service Cost
 Food Production
  Human Resources Management and Supervision
  Restaurant Marketing   Hospitality and Restaurant Management
  Customer Service
Servsafe-Food Protection Manager Certification