NEWPORT BEACH — From her mother's kitchen "classroom," a top culinary school in New York and then hosting a national radio program, local resident and celebrity chef Jamie Gwen owes the journey to her most loyal fan: her mother.
"We have been very, very blessed to be best friends from Jamie's early age, on up," Gwen's mother, Lana Sills, said Friday. "We are BFFs."
The duo are also partners in branding "Chef Jamie" as a nationally recognized culinary icon. Gwen hosts a live, weekly Southern California radio show, "Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen;" has co-hosted on "Living Today," a Martha Stewart Living Radio program; and is a four-time cookbook author.
Even as a child, it was apparent that Gwen had a career as a chef before her, Sills said.
Gwen's constant childhood perch was the kitchen countertop where her mother's lessons imparted an early love of cooking.
"She was a very kind child," Sills said. "She was always wanting to be helpful. She'd sit on the counter, watch me cook and want to stir everything. As years progressed, she would do more and more until she was doing her own desserts."