Chefs at Home for the Holidays

By Lauren Titus / Photography By Amy Robb | Last Updated November 20, 2017
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Northeast Florida Chefs at home
Chef Roderick of Jax Diner, Chef Marcel of Llama St. Augustine and Chef Vernetta of the Ronald McDonald House.

Local chefs talk tradition and family favorites when cooking at home for the holidays.

Holiday gatherings provide the perfect backdrop for traditions in the kitchen. Many of us have family favorite dishes that only appear this time of year, often with a special significance beyond just a delicious taste. Perhaps it is Grandmother’s sweet potato casserole, baked in the same dish she used, or Aunt Lynda’s Swedish meatballs made every year for her Christmas Eve birthday bash. Even chefs have recipes that always have a spot on the table during holiday celebrations. Edible caught up with a few local chefs to learn why the dishes have become part of their traditions at home.

Chef Marcel's Holiday Pork Roulade

Chef Marcel of Llama Restaurant in St. Augustine
Back in 2005, when I was taking my very first classes of culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Lima, I always tried to prove myself, especially to my mother (who is very particular about cooking). I...

Chef Vernetta's Crab & Lobster Au Gratin

crab lobster au gratin by chef vernetta
I started making this dish 10 years ago. I had just  graduated from culinary school a few months before the holidays, and thought about doing something different from the traditional dishes we...

Chef Roderick's Southern Cornbread

Chef Roderick of Jax Diner and Cornbread
The one thing I always love about the holidays is my grandmother's cornbread. As kids, we would always race to the kitchen to eat first so we could get a crispy piece. She would make the batter and I...

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