Chef Janine Booth
Chef Janine Booth was born and raised on the beautiful, island continent of Australia. A place where blue skies and sunshine encourage family and friends to gather around the backyard barbeque – everyone taking part in grilling and preparing farm fresh salads. Living in a culinary melting pot for most of her life, Janine was exposed to a vast array of flavors and cuisines and her ongoing fascination inspired her to begin cooking classes at a young age and immediately her passion, drive and creativity was ignited.
In 2006 Janine took an eight-month culinary sabbatical, where she travelled extensively through Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Turkey, Germany, Monaco, UK, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Croatia, Thailand & Indonesia, exploring and gaining incredible knowledge on international flavors. Janine went on to study her craft of culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Miami. Following culinary school, she kicked off her professional career at Gigi’s restaurant in Miami under Executive Chef Jeff McInnis. Following her time at Gigi’s, Janine landed at the acclaimed Yardbird Southern Table and Bar of Miami Beach in 2011, once again working under the tutelage of McInnis where she fell in love with the cuisine & hospitality of the South. After almost 2 years at Yardbird, Janine returned to a cuisine very close to her heart as she became the opening Sous Chef of Khong River House. Within the opening three months the restaurant was nominated for a James Beard award for ‘Best New Restaurant’ serving traditional Vietnamese & Northern Thai food.
In October 2013-early 2014, Janine appeared on NBC/Bravo’s Emmy award winning television show, “Top Chef,” cooking and competing against 18 other chefs in New Orleans, as well as many episodes of the Emmy nominated show “Last Chance Kitchen”. Now settled in NYC, Janine has been showing New Yorkers a taste of southern hospitality at Root & Bone with her partner, Chef Jeff McInnis. Root & Bone has received much creditation for celebrating elevated Southern fare and country comforts; a roots revival of timeless Southern recipes & traditions, serving up some of the best fried chicken in town. Janine has since appeared on a number of TV networks including NBC’s Today Show, Good Day NY, Fox 5, NY1, FOX Friday Night Live, Better TV, CBS Saturday Morning, New York Live as well as presenting for CBS Sports, Zagat & The Daily Meal, among others.
Janine and her partner Jeff are now working on two new and exciting concepts in Miami Beach, Florida set to open in 2016. Sarsaparilla Club in the Shelborne Hotel, which will concentrate on American Dim Sum – a cuisine with no boundaries. The second concept, which will be planted in the heart of Sunset Harbor, Miami Beach will be focused around Florida seafood and will provide a rooftop deck for guests to eat, drink and watch the beautiful sunset over Biscayne Bay.