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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Wilbert Jones  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Non-Fiction

Born: 1964 in Clarksdale, Mississippi


Illinois Connection

I was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, but have lived in Chicago, Illinois since 1977. I attended to Percy L. Julian High School and Loyola University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Wilbert Jones is a Food Product Developer, Marketing Consultant, TV Host of Food/Travel Programs, and Cookbook Author.Jones attended the Ecole de Gastronomic Francaise Ritz-Escoffier in Paris, France and has worked in food technologies since 1985 when he was a food scientist at Kraft Foods in Glenview, Illinois. In 1993, he ventured out on his own and founded the Chicago-based food and beverage product development company, Healthy Concepts, Inc. Since 1998, Jones has been a contributing editor for ''Prepared Foods Magazine'' and a Freelance Special Features and Lifestyle writer for (Black Entertainment Television). In 2001, Jones delivered the commencement speech at Kendall College of Culinary Arts, in Evanston, Illinois and was inducted into the prestigious Les amis d’Escoffier Society of Chicago in 2002. The host of the PBS television series, Healthy Heritage Kitchen in 2008, Jones has also written four cookbooks and is co-author of ''Images of America: Chicago’s Gold Coast''. In 2012, his Healthy Concepts company was renamed The Wilbert Jones Company, Inc.

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-- *Purple Reflection Award - National Council of Negro Women 1997, ''The New Soul Food Cookbook''