Grand Opening in Jacksonville for Jamie Geller Test Kitchen


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 22, 2017 — Kosher Network International (KNi) today announced the grand opening of the Jamie Geller U.S. Test Kitchen. Jamie Geller — one of the most sought-after food and lifestyle experts worldwide — was joined by Jamie Geller Test Kitchen Culinary Director Chef Laura Frankel and Kosher Network International’s business partners to open the kitchen on June 14 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The KNi test kitchen, headed up by Culinary Director Chef Laura Frankel, is strategically situated in Jamie Geller’s U.S. headquarters in Florida to both aid in recipe development and cultivate trend-setting content on a daily basis. KNi’s kitchen business partners include TopZero® of Ft. Lauderdale (rimless edge sinks), Vintage Arts of Jacksonville (kitchen build), Avant Gardens Landscape Design of Jacksonville (herb garden), Free Spirit Designs of Jacksonville (design décor), H. Smith, Inc. of Jacksonville (landlord), and national partners, Miele USA (appliances), Caesertone (quartz countertop), Viking Range (culinary equipment), Gibson USA (servingware).

Jamie Geller, known as the “Jewish Rachael Ray,” is the Founder and CEO of Kosher Network International (KNi), publisher of JOYofKOSHER.com and the award-winning Jamie Geller’s JOY of KOSHER magazine. She is also host of the Chanukah Cooking Special with Jamie Geller on PBS and Create TV. Jamie is a regular on national television and Martha Stewart Living Radio, and has been featured in Forbes, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan and the Chicago Tribune among many others. After graduating magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from New York University in just three years, Jamie enjoyed an illustrious career as an award-winning TV producer and marketing executive for HBO, CNN and FOOD NETWORK. Jamie Geller and her husband have six children — which gives her plenty of reasons to cook fresh and healthy and get out of the kitchen— fast. For more information please visit, www.jamiegeller.com.

Laura Frankel is the Culinary director for Jamie Geller’s Test Kitchen. She is a professional chef and the author of 3 cookbooks. She is the founder of Shallots Restaurants in Chicago, and New York. Before joining Jamie Geller’s team, Frankel served as the Executive Chef at Wolfgang Puck Kosher Catering at the Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership (2007-2015) in Chicago.

TopZero, Rimless Edge Sink, is a game-changer in the sink industry. TopZero has absolutely no seam which means it’s completely hygienic without the possibility of food bacteria buildup that accumulates over time in other under mount, flush mount and drop-in sink seams. TopZero is also highly aesthetic and can easily be retrofitted into the same sink hole of a countertop without the need to redo a kitchen. For more information please visit, www.topzero.com. 

Viking Range LLC began by adapting commercial stoves for use in homes. The company manufactures and markets high-end, professional-grade appliances, such as dishwashers, disposals, refrigerators, freezers, ovens, blenders, mixers, outdoor grills, cookware — and, of course, stoves. Viking’s items are made in the U.S. and sold worldwide through appliance distributors. Viking has been a subsidiary of oven machinery-making giant The Middleby Corporation since 2012.

Miele. Founded in Germany in 1899 with a single promise of Immer Besser, a phrase meaning Forever Better, Miele has dynamically grown to become the world’s largest family-owned and operated appliance company with more than 16,600 employees, 12 production facilities and representation in nearly 100 countries. As a premium appliance brand represented on all continents, Miele is steadfastly committed to the highest quality, performance and environmental standards. Miele’s range of exceptional consumer appliances includes: vacuum cleaners; laundry systems; rotary irons; dishwashers; ranges; built-in convection, speed, steam and combi-steam ovens; cooktops; ventilation hoods; refrigeration; wine storage and espresso/coffee systems. To learn more, visit www.mieleusa.com or www.youtube.com/mieleus, and follow us on www.facebook.com/mieleus and Instagram @MieleUSA.

Caeserstone. Established in 1987, Caesarstone is a leading developer and manufacturer of premium quality quartz surfaces. Caesarstone surfaces consist of up to 93 percent quartz, retain the cool tactile qualities of nature’s strong stones while offering freedom of design with enormous application possibilities including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, wall paneling, furniture and more. Caesarstone Sdot Yam Ltd is a public company as of March 2012. The company’s U.S. subsidiary’s headquarters are located in Southern California with distribution centers across the country to serve customers nationwide. In May 2015, Caesarstone opened its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Richmond Hill, Georgia and now offers products also made in the USA. For more information, please visit www.caesarstoneus.com.

Gibson Overseas is the nation’s leading producer of tabletop and housewares products. Through its family of national brands and private label collections, Gibson provides customized programs to the world’s largest retailers in every class of trade. Gibson offers product development and creative design expertise, sourcing based on decades of experience, production management and industry-leading quality control.

Vintage Arts is a locally-owned upscale home decor boutique in Jacksonville, Florida. They are a husband and wife team who have a passion for all things vintage, a love of the environment and a dedication to decorating with style without compromising on environmental and social responsibility. 

Avant Gardens Landscape Design is a local landscaper located in Ormond Beach Florida, one hour south of Jacksonville, Florida. In business since 1985, owner Mary Alice Denaro specializes in custom site plans to uniquely find the best landscape for both businesses and residential properties. An avid foodie herself, Mary Alice knows the nuances of herbs and vegetables making any landscape an edible landscape.

Free Spirit Designs, Victoria McCartney. Victoria has been executing residential and commercial design since 2010. One of her most important attributes as a designer is her ability to listen and interpret the desires of her clients. Her mission as a designer is to ensure that each space she designs represents the authenticity of the individual for whom the space was created.

H. Smith Inc., a local real estate developer who established One San Jose Place, where Jamie Geller’s Headquarters are located, 40 years ago.

Kosher Network International & Jamie Geller. Kosher Network International (KNI) is a cross-platform, global network for kosher food, recipes, news and entertainment that influences more than one million kosher consumers every day. Whether it’s by resonating with the ever-changing kosher consumer through the content it creates or by guiding companies to trade more effectively though the marketing and merchandising channels it opens up, KNI is the #1 network for engaging and selling to the global kosher marketplace.

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