Jennifer Zavala, 31, is a contestant from Top Chef Season 6.

Born into a Mexican and Italian family, Jennifer grew up with mostly Mexican cuisine and takes great pride in her ability to cook Latino food with great knowledge and skill. A self-taught chef, she is currently Sous Chef at Xochitl. She uses fresh, local ingredients in her homemade style of cooking and hopes to learn more about the ever-changing culinary scene. If she could have her last meal with anyone, it would be with Julia Child, and Jennifer says, “hopefully, she’d cook.” Zavala's favorite simple summer recipe is Fiddle Head Ferns Sauteed in Butter Garlic Wine and Crushed Red Pepper.