This year's Chef Honorees are Jim and Melissa Benson from Eleven Courses Catering & Event Co. A Baltimore native, Chef Jim Benson's first and only culinary job before launching Eleven Courses was illegal. Just barely a teenager, not officially old enough to work, Jim got a job at a local grocery store in the produce department. He fell in love with the simplicity, beauty and freshness that surrounded him every day and started bringing his work home. Over a decade later, after graduating college, countless dinner parties for friends and family and extensive international travel, Jim created Eleven Courses with his wife, Melissa.
Jim is regularly featured on FOX, ABC, CBS, and USA for the latest in wedding, food and event trends.
Melissa grew up in a very food-centric family - exposed to great restaurants from a young age and used to something always cooking in the kitchen. "Family dinners were a big deal in my house and every night was a true celebration of good food and people. Jim and I met in college and he started spoiling me with his cooking right away. We entertained all of the time, and I was constantly going out and buying new place settings, centerpieces, etc. to design the perfect event. After one epic eleven course party, our journey began - weddings, galas, corporate affairs and soirees of all kinds."
"We are thrilled to serve as the 2018 Chef Honorees for Signature Chefs Baltimore!"
Chef Honorees: Melissa and Jim Benson of Eleven Courses Catering & Event Co.