Jessica Anne Hendrick
Founder & Events Director
Jessica Anne Hendrick is a Private Chef, Event Producer, Culinary and Language Arts Instructor, Travel Writer, and Poet. She founded LOVAGE International Language & Culinary Arts in 2012.
Jessica earned a Bachelors of Arts from University of California, Berkeley and a Culinary Degree from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Bilingual and Multicultural Education with Insitituto Franklin, University of Alcalá in Madrid, Spain.
Jessica began working as a Personal Chef and Language Instructor in 2002-2005 with Italian families in Bologna, Bergamo, Tuscany and Puglia. She taught Language Arts and English as a voluntary teacher in India for Sikkim Himalayan Academy in 2006. She became an Assistant Teacher of Italian immersion for pre-school and toddlers in Berkeley, California in 2007.
Jessica also pursued a career in Culinary Arts. From 2007-2011 she worked exclusively for "top 100" San Francisco restaurants, moving from Reservationist to professional Maitre d' and eventually to Catering and Events Director. In 2012, Jessica founded LOVAGE and became the preferred caterer of the British Consulate General of San Francisco for two administrations, a preferred culinary artist at the SFMT Youth Theater Project and SF Vault, and resident culinary artist and co-curator of the ARTE Y TAPAS Performance Series.
Additionally, Jessica trained as a professional Cheesemonger hailing from famous San Francisco institutions Cowgirl Creamery, Fatted Calf Charcuterie and Cheese Plus. Jessica also studied cheesemaking with Sasha Laurin, Lead Cheesemaker of Winters Cheese Company, and now makes her own crème fraîche, feta, marscapone, farmer's cheese, and soft-ripened cheeses. In 2019 LOVAGE began offering educational tours and classes about international cheeses.
In 2020 Jessica suspended culinary events due to the global pandemic, but began to expand Language Arts offerings. In 2021 She moved to Madrid, Spain to begin her Masters program in Bilingual and Multicultural Education. She is currently an Assistant Teacher for Bilingual Pre-School and Early Primary at Colegio Severo Ochoa in the Community of Madrid.
Jessica's dream is to continue to expand LOVAGE International Language & Culinary Arts programs and more deeply explore unique cultural and culinary destinations worldwide!