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Suzy Manning, CEO of SUZYMANNING LLC and host of "Women Living Empowered Lives at Midlife" BlogTalk Radio interviews Jenn Perry. Growing up in the 70s, at the age of 7, Jenn made up her mind that she would not learn how to COOK or TYPE because she did not want to be stuck in subservient roles. Once this young, Midwestern woman finished college, she was off to Los Angeles to experience life. After 5 years in Los Angeles, Jenn moved back to the Midwest. She was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity at the age of 35 which changed her life completely and brought her into the culinary world.
She was no longer able to eat the foods she grew up eating. Jenn understood on a visceral level that Food is Community. She decided that she would go to Culinary School to learn how to cook and bake so that she could provide delicious, gluten-free foods to people who need to eat that way. Her goal is to make foods just as beautiful and tasty as gluten-containing foods so that people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity can enjoy foods they grew up with. She also makes them so tasty that people who don't have to eat gluten-free will eat them and everyone can enjoy the same food.
Jenn has faced and overcome challenges changing careers at midlife by going into a field that she previously had no interest in and outright rejected. She graduated from the Baking and Pastry Program and the 2 Year Culinary Program at Schoolcraft College in May 2013. That same month, she started her own gluten-free baking business, called Jenn's Gluten-Free Gems. She feels happier and more fulfilled living her life's purpose providing delicious gluten-free foods than she ever has in her life before. She has been awarded a competitive micro-grant from the Detroit Food and Agriculture Network to help grow her business.
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