Jessi Donaldson

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Jessi Donaldson in front of her workplace

Jessi Donaldson, Paducah, ‘12
Chef / Food Services Supervisor
Kitchens Café

Jessi was working for a law firm in Bowling Green on her way to a career in social work when she suddenly realized something was missing in her life. At the time, Jessi, a 2008 Western Kentucky University graduate, was spending most of her free time cooking, looking for new creative ways to cook, and traveling to as many different restaurants as she could find. “My job was just a job,” Jessi recalled, “and that wasn’t cutting it for me.” Jessi took a leap of faith, moved back to Paducah and enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.  In 2011, she completed an associate in applied science degree in culinary arts with high distinction. Today, she is the chef at the Kitchens Café in the 2D and Graphic Design Building and happy to be doing something she loves. “I love LowerTown,” she said, “and am very excited to be a part of this community, and bringing our services to it. I think it is a great fit.”

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