I love to cook, but more than that, I love cooking with my friends and family. My favorite memories are food memories: preparing, eating, drinking, discovering. I love the conversations that evolve in the kitchen while stirring the pot or mincing the garlic. Our guests never sip their cocktails in the sunroom as intended, but instead sit at the kitchen counter watching, learning, laughing and sharing their own cooking war stories. I love that an incredible meal can transform a typical night into a magical one. 

It is because of this food passion that I quit my job in retail and enrolled in The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Since graduation, I have interned at Food and Wine Magazine and worked the line in the kitchen at Tappan Hill, a catering venue run by the esteemed Abigail Kirsch.

In 2014, I founded The Balaboosta Chef, where I thrive on the idea of social cooking – a place where food brings people together. An opportunity to learn the best tips, tricks and tools to cook for your friends and family with confidence and ease. Cooking doesn’t have to be intimidating. By learning tried and true tested recipes, YOU can be the Balaboosta in your house, too!




I cannot say enough amazing things about Jenni’s cooking classes! I literally NEVER cooked and have taken 3 of her classes and seriously feel like a pro. She gave me the tools and the confidence to make dinner all the time. My husband and my kids are continually impressed. Not to mention, what a fun night with girlfriends! If you haven’t done it yet, do it ASAP! ”

— Samantha G.

“Chef Jenni is amazing! She has taught several classes for our preschool association running the gamut from preparing a simple brunch to cooking Thanksgiving dinner to hosting a summer BBQ. She keeps everyone engaged in the class and really allows students to gain confidence in the kitchen by demonstrating simple yet delicious recipes, while also imparting some really useful time saving tips (I now own several mason jars and will never whisk a salad dressing again!) I look forward to working with her again in the future now that cooking with Chef Jenni has become one of our most popular events!”

— Rosanna D.

“Jenni is amazing. She had great recipes from “Easy Weeknight Meals” and my son asked for seconds on the chicken and couldn’t get enough of the veggies. The Balaboosta Chef has made a positive change in our house for family meals. ”

— Robyn C.

“The chicken I prepared at the Jewish New Year class hosted by Jenni is now in permanent weekly rotation at my house. It is tasty and easy, and my family loves it. Participating in a Balaboosta Chef class was so much fun- Jenni makes cooking accessible for home chefs of any level. ”

— Tahlia B.

“I can’t say enough about the Balaboosta chef. I’ve taken 2 of her classes and they are amazing! Its a fun night out and you walk away with great new recipes! Looking forward to doing another one soon!”

— Alyssa S.

“I had the pleasure of working with Jenni to plan a Christmas Dinner Class with some friends last December. She taught us delicious, easy-to-follow recipes that I used for my family’s Christmas celebration. The highlight for me (in addition to being so stuffed from the amazing food!) was walking out with a detailed handout with all the recipes and helpful tips. Can’t wait to plan our next event with Jenni!”

— Tina M.

“I was never very comfortable in the kitchen, in fact I rarely ventured past pasta. But after attending a few classes, I got up the confidence to try recipes that were quick and easy. Thanks to Jenni I get compliments on my BBQ sides and brunch pizzas. I am constantly referring back to the recipes and am looking forward to attending another class soon to increase my menus. I learned a ton and had a blast in the process.”

— Lauren J.

“I have experienced the awesomeness of Jenni Benerofe (The Balaboosta Chef) several times! Jenni knows how to explain things in easy to understand terms, gives amazing helpful hints to get things done in advance (so that you are not going crazy the day of an event) and adds humor and relevance to her clinics! Her hand-out recipes are the best. Jenni really shows you how to make hosting an event effortless and delicious! Highly recommend her services!”

— Jaime D.

“My girlfriends and I were looking for a fun night out and thanks to the Balaboosta chef we not only had a good time, ate extremely well, but to top it all off we left with a bunch of recipes in our back pocket!!!! Chef Jenni has an extremely warm disposition and manages to make everyone feel at home in the kitchen. Her recipes are delicious and the best part is her “cooking secrets” are ones that you can use over and over again. I would definitely recommend signing up for one of her classes you won’t be disappointed. ”

— Dana F.

“You will LOVE cooking with Jenni. She has a relaxed way about teaching that will make you feel like you’re in your best friends kitchen learning all of her best secrets.”

— Erica M.