Jennifer Salhoff, who made it to the final four in Season 13 of Hell’s Kitchen, is taking over as executive chef at Amuse, the French restaurant at Le Méridien hotel on Broad and Arch. She’s coming from Cuba Libre in Old City.
Salhoff, who also runs macaron company Le Mac by Jen, is working on a new menu for Amuse, which the restaurant is describing as classic French with a twist: She’s going to deconstruct boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin. Look for it to be introduced at the restaurant next month.
Salhoff became executive chef at Cuba Libre under Guillermo Pernot in 2014, the same year she cooked for Gordon Ramsay on Hell’s Kitchen. Originally from western New York, she got into the culinary world after studying industrial design technology at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Salhoff worked at Village Tavern Restaurant and Inn in the Finger Lakes area before landing a role at Tom Colicchio’s Craft in New York City.
After making her way down to Philly, Salhoff spent time at Fork, as a pastry chef and baker, plus M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel, Cerise in Bryn Mawr, and the now-closed Meme and Farmers’ Cabinet.
Check her out going through all the Hell’s Kitchen emotions: