Jeanie Roland, Chef-Owner
Westerly, Rhode Island
With her restaurants The Perfect Caper in Punta Gorda, Florida, and Ella's Food & Drink in Westerly, Rhode Island, and more than 25 years of experience in the kitchen, Jeanie Roland brings a culinary expertise and competitive energy to everything she does.
She has more James Beard nominations than most chefs get in a lifetime and recently went toe-to-toe against Bobby Flay on Beat Bobby Flay (Food Network), where she won.
Roland uses refined French technique and Asian influences to create unique cuisine that keeps patrons coming back over and over. She's a seven-time James Beard Foundation nominee for "Best Chef: South," and nine-time Florida Trend Magazine "Golden Spoon Award" winner, lauded in Florida Trend Magazine's "Hall of Fame" 2016 and 2017.
Chef Roland has travelled extensively in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, England, France, Ireland, Italy and Morocco, using those experiences to cultivate a globally and culturally inspired view of food.
- Chef Jeanie Beat Bobby Flay on Beat Bobby Flay, Season 5, Episode 10 "The Heat is On!"
- Chef Jeanie competed on the HGTV Food Network Season 2 of "Iron Chef Gauntlet." Punta Gorda and Westerly chef, Connecticut native Jeanie Roland was featured as one of seven chefs who vyed for the coveted title of IRON CHEF on Season 2. Season 2, Iron Chef Gauntlet
Jeanie has been recognized by her peers for her achievements.
7-time James Beard Foundation
Semi-Finalist, Best Chef South Region (at 'The Perfect Caper' restaurant in Punta Gorda, FL), Nominee in New England
9-time Golden Spoon Award Winner, Florida Trend Magazine
2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Hall of Fame, 2017 Hall of Fame
- Ella's named in the Top Five restaurants for overall cuisine in all of New England by OpenTable diners, 2016.
- Chef Roland and James also own and operate The Perfect Caper restaurant in Punta Gorda, Florida.