Chef Judith Able was born in Kingston Jamaica and spent her early childhood on the coastal parish of Portmore with her parents and six siblings. A large family that loved to eat and with the sea and an array of agricultural delights as their provider the family ate well with lots of variety.  Exposure to food that was born of multiple cultural influences were the guiding light of Judith's culinary vision.

After graduating high school, Judith transitioned her love of social gatherings into a full time event promoter. As her promotion business prospered, Judith, wanting to dabble in food service opened a restaurant and night club in downtown Kingston Jamaica.

Judith came to the United States in 1986 to broaden her experiences food and entertainment. She began honing her skills by working at several entertainment venues through out New York. Realizing that many of her culinary heroes attended culinary academies, Judith decided to embark upon her dream by enrolling in New York City Technical College School of Hospitality Management program where she received an associate degree.

Judith continued her academic journey in the culinary arts by moving to Baltimore Maryland and attending Baltimore International College where she was introduced to competition and studying abroad. Rounding out her academia, Judith enrolled in the Miami campus of Johnson and Wales University where she received Bachelor in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor in Food Service Management both with honors.

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Culinary Career

Judith’s love of food and entertaining grew from watching her mother prepare elaborate meals for a family of nine. At a very young age, Judith began assuming the mantle as family cook and her skills in the kitchen were fortified.

Jamaica is a country rich in tradition and an amalgam of cultures and Judith has successfully cultivated and used these flavor palates in all her appointments. Selecting Florida as her base of operations, Judith settled in Broward County where she worked as the Executive Sous Chef for The Chefs Table, a well known catering organization in Fort Lauderdale.

Transitioning from The Chefs Table, Judith accepted a position as the Executive Chef of Corporate Catering at The Fifth night club in South Beach. At the Fifth, Judith prepared menus for an array of clientele from Sports Illustrated to Telemudo.

  • Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Service Management, Johnson & Wales University
  • Associates of Science in Baking and Pastry, Johnson & Wales University
  • Associates in Applied Science in Hospitality Management, New York City Technical College Associates in Applied Science in Professional Cooking and Baking, Baltimore International College Certificate of Participation from the DCI International Hotel and Business Management, Lucerne Switzerland
  • Member of the American Culinary Association
  • ACF Gold Medal Winner inter-co11egiate competition Garde Manger Presentation
  • ACF Bronze Medal Winner inter-collegiate competition.
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