Chef Jamie Saunders
Chef Jamie Saunders is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America with a degree for Baking & Pastry. She has worked in the restaurant business for over 15 years. Growing up her father had four restaurant locations in New York. It was in those restaurants that her love of the food started. Jamie, her husband Michael and son James moved to Myrtle Beach in January of 2014 to open Johnny D’s Waffles and Bakery, bringing her hard work and dedication along with her. She believes that the overall guest experience is what is most important. To make her guests feel at home and a part of the restaurant, as well as preparing fresh food that is delicious.
On any given day, you will find her working in the kitchen along side her team. She will take even the most inexperienced cook and turn them into a rock star. Jamie always is the first to jump in and help with whatever is needed to keep the kitchen rolling. She was recently awarded Chef of the Year by Grand Strand Happening Magazine and by the Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association. Jamie believes that their is always room for improvement and works every day to make sure all her dishes are the best that the can be. She is constantly doing research to learn new cooking and baking techniques, which shines through on some of her newest dishes.
Upon opening the business she started getting involved with the community and realized that its the sense of community that makes Myrtle Beach so amazing. She is actively involved with the Chamber of Commerce, the Hospitality Association, GS Scene, the Children’s Museum. and is on the board of directors for The Waccamaw Market Cooperative and Champion Autism Network. Jamie is excited for her future here in Myrtle Beach and the new friends and experiences that it will bring.