Meet and Eat: Jordan Zimmerman, Serious Eats Summer Intern
Note: Say hello to another one of our awesome summer interns, Jordan. Originally from Mesquite, Texas, Jordan was taking a food writing course at Yale when we first met her. We could tell by the way she talked about fried chicken and biscuits that she was a serious eater! Get to know more about her love of baking, cinnamon oatmeal, and salsa dancing. —The Mgmt.
Name: Jordan Zimmerman
Location: originally from Mesquite, Texas; Blogging from NYC
Occupation: Student and Farm Intern at Yale University
Website/Twitter: Too distracted by food to keep something like this updated for personal use...oh, wait, is that cookies I smell?......
Guilty pleasures? Salsa dancing, singing along to every Broadway showtune known to man,with sunflower seed butter, and meticulously concocting a perfect cookie or cake batter just to eat it unbaked with a big wooden spoon.
Describe your perfect meal. Southern-fried chicken from Dooky Chase (New Orleans), shrimp and grits from Hominy Grill (Charleston, SC), biscuits and gravy from the Loveless Cafe (Nashville, LA), duck fat french fries from Luke (New Orleans, LA), and a large cookies-n-cream milkshake from Braum's (my hometown of Mesquite, TX).
What food won't you eat? Canned Tuna, or anything labeled as "Cherry Flavored." Can someone say cough syrup?
What would you like to try but haven't yet? Kimchi and smoked eel.
Favorite food person? Chef John Besh.
When did you first realize you were a serious eater? The summer after my freshman year at college, when I spent a couple of months in Italy. I tried about eight different bakeries' fresh caprese sandwich, and when I found the best, I walked about a mile out of my way every weekday just for the warm, crusty bread. The counter boys knew me by sight and eventually had my sandwich waiting when I arrived. Yes, every day.
What do your family and friends think of your food obsessions? I'm at Yale and I want to eat for a living. I'm lucky they haven't disowned me yet.
Everyone has a go-to person they call for restaurant recommendations. Who's yours? Liz Williams, President and founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans. I worked as an intern there last summer as realized that not only is some of the best American Cuisine in the Big Easy, Liz knows where to find it.
And what's the best recommendation she's ever given you? She never misses the mark. Her best words of wisdom, however, are "NEVER say no to a food
What is your favorite meal of the day and where do you get it? Breakfast! A big bowl of cinnamon oatmeal, in my college dining hall.
Do you ever cook? What's the best dish you make? I'm not a great cook, but I bake constantly. Bourbon-chocolate pecan pie and New Orleans rum cakes are my specialties.