Lifestyle maven and chef Amaris Jones has spent her lifetime honing the perfect iteration of the modern Soul Food concept. Thirty something years later, she credits her Father's Church on Philly's famed South Street and her family gatherings, as the birthplace for her love of this cuisine and lifestyle.
Through years in industries where hospitality could get you everywhere, Amaris has taken the traditional Fried Chicken, mac&cheese, and Sweet Potato Pie and turned it into a menu at her first outpost that keeps celebrities, athletes, VIP's, and locals coming back for more. Fusing her family recipes, her ability to throw a party, and always being the consummate hostess, she has finally landed as one of the most celebrated chefs in the south florida with the launch of South Street restaurant in 2012. Her popular restaurant received rave reviews from the likes of Martha Stewart to Lebron James.
As a newcomer in the professional culinary industry Chef Amaris was asked to participate in the first Chicken Coupe event during the SOBE Food and Wine Festival sponsored by the Food Network in 2013. In 2014 she joined forces with Reebok to create healthy meal plans for rap music artist Rick Ross. Rick Ross has now lost over 80 pounds through workouts and healthy meals created by Chef Amaris. Most recently she was chosen to as the first American chef the Food for Diplomacy program powered by the Hollings Center, in which she flew to Istanbul Turkey to teach a class on the history of soul food and to curate a dinner for global diplomats at Kadir Has University. March 2016 she was selected by BET networks to curate a series of dinners in collaboration with the prestigious St Regis Resort Hotel for the Leading Women Defined Conference.
You can find Amaris hosting and curating pop up dinners at high profile venues including but not limited to The Forge, Soho Beach House, Delano, Cafe De Arts, and private estate mansions.
The Renaissance Woman
As the lifestyle manager to Sean Combs and super producer Timbaland, she managed luxury estate homes , produced events , dinner parties, and music launches. This propelled her career and in 2004 , Amaris started her own business appropriately named Elite Home and Lifestyle Management.where she provides bespoke concierge, strategic partnership development, event production, brand placements and domestic staffing for her clients.
In 2008, Amaris was selected at the first African American woman to be featured in Ocean Drives " Beach Patrol " article, where she was celebrated as one of the most connected people in the industry. Since then Amaris and her work has been featured in many media outlets. She has been and continues to be one of the most sought after dot connectors globally. She has been a trusted VIP relations advisor for media outlets such as Plum TV, Haute Living, Ocean Drive, Vault and Miami magazines. What is up next for Amaris? Stay tuned, as her creative journey continues