world food championships bio

Jeffrey Saad


Jeffrey Saad is a chef, author, restaurateur and television personality.

At age 13, Jeffrey discovered his knack for cooking when he worked in a diner behind his junior high school in Chicago, Illinois. He later enrolled in the Hotel Restaurant Management Program at Iowa State where he was named chef de cuisine in his sophomore year. Jeffrey went on to continue his studies at the Culinary Institute of America and the California Culinary Academy with plans to open his own restaurant upon graduation. After traveling to Mexico to increase his culinary skills, Jeffrey opened Sweet Heat in San Francisco. The Mexican-influenced restaurant was a success and led to Jeffrey opening two more restaurants as well as his own signature line of bottled chutneys.

Looking to expand his culinary empire, Jeffery helped open the first 12 locations of the Pasta Pomodoro Italian Restaurants chain in California. During this time, he won a spot on “Next Food Network Star” where he placed first runner up. Jeffrey went on to host the Food Network web series “Spice Smuggler” as well as three seasons of his own traveling food show on the Cooking Channel, “United Tastes of America.”

Jeffrey brought his talents to the home cook in 2012 with his cook book “Jeffrey Saad’s Global Kitchen: Recipes Without Borders.” The 10-chapter book offers unique, easy-to-prepare recipes incorporating flavors from around the world. In December of 2013 Jeffrey opened his latest restaurant, La Ventura, a modern Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.

When he is not in front of the camera or in the kitchen, Jeffrey travels on “tasting trips” around the world where he uses his experiences to develop his own collection of spice blends. Jeffrey currently resides in Los Angeles with his family.