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‘Chef of Love’ Jernard Wells brings cooking, relationship advice to Savannah Food & Wine Festival

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‘Chef of Love’ Jernard Wells brings cooking, relationship advice to Savannah Food & Wine Festival

31 Oct 2017

Need cooking advice? Chef Jernard Wells has you covered. Need love advice? He can do that, too.

And if you want to talk food and love with the Food Network star of “Chef of Love,” go for the Celebrity Chef Riverboat Cruise Lunch & Sip during the Savannah Food & Wine Festival. The event is from 1-2:30 p.m. Nov. 10 (boarding at noon) and features a full lunch buffet and 17 different beverage tasting stations.

Not only does the buffet lunch feature recipes from Wells’ cookbook, “88 Ways to Her Heart,” but the chef also says he likes to make his cooking appearances an interactive experience for his guests.

“I love Savannah,” he says. “The food is always amazing and it’s the home of my mentor and the person who gave me my first shot in front of an audience — Paula Deen.”

He says Deen gave him the opportunity to join her on her “Paula’s Party” tour back in 2009, and he knew right then that cooking for an audience was a perfect fit for his skills and personality.

“I love to cook live and show people how I infuse my love into my food. It’s always interactive and there is a good chance I’ll invite up some people in the audience to help me.”

He plans to not only prepare food for the buffet, but also give cooking tips on how to prepare some of his favorite dishes featured in the book.

“I’m going to share my stories about coming up in the ranks. … And I love this book because it has some of the most innovative recipes from my career and some of my favorites. It’s like Wells’ greatest hits.

“I cook with love and I want to show other people how love and food go hand in hand.”

Wells said he’s been married for 18 years and is the father of nine, including five daughters. He credits the success of his family with his ability to maintain a “good, honest relationship.”

It’s that success that led him to write a self-help book, “Road Map: A Woman’s Guide to a Good Man.”

“We men are something else,” he says and laughs.

“My daughters would come home and complain to me about men in their lives and I would say, ‘I can tell you why he is doing that.’ … So, I decided to take that advice and put it in a book. It’s 14 chapters and 10,000 words that feature the different characteristics of difficult men, so I can give ladies insight on a relationship from a man’s point of view.”

If you miss Wells on the riverboat cruise, catch him Nov. 11 at Taste of Savannah at the Georgia State Railroad Museum. The day features a wide array of cooking demos, tastings and Georgia-based vendors.

While Wells is known for his love advice, he also has some advice to get the most out of your experiences at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival.

“Savannah is one of Georgia’s best cities for love, food and beauty. … So, you’ve got to pace yourself at these events. Bring a camera and make sure your phone is charged, because we are going to overload you with so much excitement that you’ll want to find a way to share the experience with your friends later.

“But pace yourself. Spend a few hours here and there and allow for some down time. Get up early so you can beat the crowds and get the good stuff before it’s gone. Come out to each event relaxed and open-minded.

“Put all your cares aside until it’s time to go back to work on Monday. And just remember, you’re always in good hands with the Chef of Love.”

IF YOU GO

What: Celebrity Chef Riverboat Cruise Lunch & Sip

When: 1-2:30 p.m. (boarding at noon) Nov. 10

Where: Rousakis Plaza, River Street

Cost: $69

Info: savannahfoodandwinefest.com

What: Taste of Savannah

When: 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 11

Where: Georgia State Railroad Museum, 655 Louisville Road

Cost: $70

Info: savannahfoodandwinefest.com

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