Jenny Breen

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Jenny Breen, MPH
Professional Chef

Jenny Breen has been a professional chef and advocate for local and sustainably raised foods working directly with farmers and producers in the Twin Cities area since the mid 1980’s.  She was co-owner of Good Life Cafe and Catering, a sustainable and whole foods business from 1996-2013.  She is a 2009 Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow and completed her MPH in Nutrition at the University of Minnesota in 2011 while working to build strong networks within health and food systems for greater access to food, support for sustainable farming, and understanding of cooking as a health strategy. Her first cookbook, Cooking up the Good Life, emphasizes local, seasonal whole foods cooking for families, and was released in April of 2011 from the University of Minnesota Press. She currently teaches 3 courses at the University of Minnesota: an undergraduate cooking class called Healthy Foods Healthy Lives, cooking on a Student’s Budget through HFHL, and an undergraduate on line course called Food choices, healing the earth, healing ourselves, and a graduate cooking course called Food Matters, cook as if your life depends on it for health professional students (through the Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing). She contracts as a food and nutrition Public Health educator with local health departments, school districts and non profit food and farming organizations.