Chef Jenna Kinard was born in a small town outside Houston, TX and discovered at a young age that cooking would be her personal form of self-expression. Coming from a family that celebrated life’s big moments with bountiful dishes, Kinard sought out mentors and experiences to further her skillset in the culinary arts.
Her cooking experience stems from stints at a variety of kitchens across Fort Worth, TX, along with spending time with a catering company overseeing culinary programs at events such as Warped Tour and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Additionally, Kinard has worked on several projects with Food Network star, Paula Deen, appearing in episodes of Deen’s TV show, “Positively Paula.”
Now the executive Chef at Hotel Drover in the historic Stockyards of Fort Worth, Kinard oversees the development of 97 West Kitchen and Bar and the culinary programs throughout the property. While menus are still in development, the food and beverage program will be deeply rooted in Texas—drawing from Kinard’s love of people coupled with her culinary exploration across the Lone Star State. Kinard will also use her passion for scratch- made dishes by taking traditional, simple dishes and reinventing them with sophistication and meticulousness.
Kinard currently resides in Haslet, TX with her husband, Micah, and their three dogs, Prince Jr., Lulu and Bennie.