Jan Jorgensen: The Singular Talent Behind Two Chefs Restaurant
Located in the heart of South Miami, Two Chefs is the acclaimed restaurant owned by Jan Jorgensen, the classically trained chef whose inspired cuisine has made Two Chefs one of the region’s landmark restaurants.
A native of Denmark, Jorgensen fell in love with cooking at the age of 16, when he enjoyed a classic European apprenticeship at a local restaurant. Upon graduating high school, he trained in some of the leading European cooking schools, eventually gradating with honors. Interested in a change of scenery, he moved to South Florida, where he began working at Secret Garden.
Jorgensen later relocated to San Francisco, where he began working with Jeremiah Tower, one of the West Coast’s vanguard culinary talents. Under Tower’s tutelage, he sharpened his skills at Speedo 690 – one of the country’s first Pacific Rim restaurants – and Stars, which helped define the California style of cooking made legendary by Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters. Missing Miami, he returned and in 1992 launched JanJo’s in Coconut Grove. It was here that Jorgensen first drew the national spotlight, with notice in a variety of prestigious national publications, including Esquire, Travel + Leisure and Food & Wine, and developed his own culinary style. In 1994, Jorgensen left JanJo’s and, launched Two Chefs Cooking School in South Miami. The small private cooking school and retail outlet soon became a culinary hotspot, drawing budding gourmets and Miami’s social elite. It wasn’t long before the two chefs expanded the space and transformed the charming cooking school into a celebrated restaurant.
Two Chefs has been going strong under Jorgensen’s reign and maintained its reputation as one of South Florida’s finest restaurants. Beyond his culinary endeavors, Jorgensen, a diehard spirits aficionado, began to feed his passion for collecting rare and unique spirits and now proudly boasts the largest back bar in southeast – something he showcases with his inventive menu, popular cooking classes and revolving series of spirits tastings. “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished at Two Chefs,” said Jorgensen, I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”