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Published on January 3rd, 2014 | by ITB


Chef John Jennett- The Floridian

Coming from a long line of chefs in his family, John Jennett grew up in restaurants and kitchens admiring the aromas of fresh sauces and techniques of top chefs.

John Jennett has taken that passion for cooking and has dedicated his culinary expertise to his many regular customers at The Floridian. Since 1937, The Floridian has been a landmark upscale diner on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Chef John has been serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night treats to patrons for over 31 years.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you are guaranteed to be treated to a delicious meal created by this well-known chef. Everyone that comes in knows Chef John for his friendly demeanor and jovial personality. Working at the Floridian for 31 years, he is a staple at the restaurant as much as the eggs and pancakes. He started as a busboy, worked his way up to the dish room cleaning pots and pans, and then got his big break working in the kitchen alongside his father, brother and with long-time chef Butch, who was his mentor and is now the owner of the Floridian.

“I was inspired to become a chef because I grew up around restaurants all my life. I have watched my family cooking in the kitchen for as long as I can remember,” said Chef John.

Chef John especially enjoys cooking up unique meals and traditional favorites at the Floridian. He also has helped open many local restaurants, including Ernie’s BBQ.

“The Floridian is known as a breakfast place. It is very fast paced and I like that. It has been there since 1937; it used to be a drug store with a soda counter and it has evolved over the years,” he said.

The Floridian is known as an upscale diner in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. There are three menus- breakfast, lunch and dinner and the graveyard menu for late nights, with many options to choose from. Each day, Chef John and his team of experienced cooks mix up the best meals in town, including homemade soups, fresh chili, marinara sauce, their famous crab meat omelet which was featured on the Rachael Ray show, meatloaf, country ham which is flown in from West Virginia, a plethora of desserts such as cakes and brownies and much more.

“We have a very traditional menu, with all the same original recipes from 30 years ago,” he said.

The warm and welcoming atmosphere has been home to many visitors from around the world and locals who sit at the same seat and eat the same meal each week.

“We have many regulars that come to the window and say hi to us. Some have been coming here for over 20 years; and we have many employees that have worked here for countless years,” said Chef John.

Chef John is proud to put his name on the many creations. His daughter is even following in his footsteps by becoming a pastry chef at the W Hotel.

Come in and try one of Chef John’s many unique creations at The Floridian! Stop in for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner at 1410 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. For more information, call 954-463-4041.

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