Jamika Pessoa (pronounced Jah-Meek-ah Pez-oh-Ah) is a classically trained Chef and Television Personality.
Since launching her television career as a contestant on The Food Network’s Next Food Network Star in 2009, she has appeared on a number of nationally- acclaimed television shows including, the Today Show, HLN Weekend Express, Unique Sweets, Guy’s Grocery Games, the Chew, and Best Thing I Ever Ate. She makes regular appearances on Good Morning America and the Wendy Williams show. Currently, you can see her as a weekly contributor and co-host on Dr. Oz’s new series The Dish on Oz. From contestant, to guest judge, contributor, co- host and host, she is seriously ‘stirring’ up the food industry!
Pessoa started her professional career as a corporate marketing executive, and after a short time in the field she realized that corporate life was not for her. The next steps in her journey were a true walk in faith, and she chose to follow her heart and her true passion – food! She traded in her business suit for a chef’s coat and has never looked back!
Jamika officially became “Chef Jamika” after graduating from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Atlanta. She studied abroad in Italy and Austria, worked for the world renowned Ritz Carlton Hotel; and in 2006 paired her business acumen with her love of cooking and entertaining and launched her catering business, Life of the Party Catering – becoming the Celebrity Chef for a high-profile roster of clients including rappers, athletes and entertainers nationwide.
She is a dynamic business woman, wife, mother of two girls, and an inspiration shaking up perceptions of what a female chef can do. Whether it’s in the kitchen, in front of the camera, or behind the scenes – you will instantly be captivated by her bold flavors, wit, style, and celebration of life! For more information on the Life of the Party herself—please visit ChefJamika.com