Jesse Genovese

Director of Food and Beverage

Chef Jesse comes to Whim Hospitality after circling the globe honing his culinary skills. He has worked for some of the most impressive kitchens in Hawaii, Spain, London and Los Angeles before becoming one of Austin’s leading catering chefs at Whim.

He got his start working in a professional kitchen when he was in his late teens. He eventually moved to Spain, where he worked as a chef at a high-end country club. This experience motivated Chef Jesse to chase his culinary passions, and he enrolled in London’s Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute. His cooking skills eventually brought him to Los Angeles, where he served as the Corporate Executive Chef for Bruce’s Gourmet Catering, where he was responsible for overseeing full-service catering for production studios, film locations, and high-end Hollywood events.

When he is not in the kitchen, he can probably be spotted on an airplane with his wife, Emily splitting their time between their Austin and L.A. friends.
Unofficial title – Whim’s Secret Ingredient