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Art Institute of Atlanta Graduate Hosts Show on the Food Network

September 4, 2018

Let's Eat is a new daytime series starting on Sunday, August 12 at 9am ET/PT with co-hosts Jamika Pessoa, a 2004 graduate of the Associate of Arts degree in Culinary Arts program at The Art Institute of Atlanta, Brandi Milloy, and Stuart O’Keeffe. The co-hosts will discuss "flavorful dishes, to popular restaurant trends, and to the latest food fads captivating social media." They will also be joined by special culinary guests, as well as experts from Food Network Kitchen, as they explore everything that is current in the culinary world, and share tips, tricks, and mouthwatering recipes to make your time in the kitchen a breeze.

“With Jamika, Stuart and Brandi at the helm, Let’s Eat celebrates all the hottest food crazes in an entertaining and educational half-hour of non-stop fun,” said Courtney White, general manager and executive vice president, programming, Food Network and HGTV. “Their innovative cooking hacks will help viewers recreate that wow factor to stun family and friends in their own homes.”

Food is front and center in each of the half-hour episodes, and every dish is unapologetically delicious. From Blue Cheese Aged Ribeye Steaks to Crab Stuffed Hushpuppies, Jamika brings her bold flavors and sassy style to the forefront every episode.

Jamika Pessoa is a chef and caterer to the stars, known for bold twists on traditional dishes, especially those of her Southern and Caribbean heritages. Audiences first met Jamika on Food Network Star season 5 where they came to know and love her innovative style, relatable personality, and inspiring tenacity in the kitchen. Although she did not win the competition, her unwavering determination to become a noted chef and TV personality brought her thru an illustrious career. She has been featured as the field correspondent on the CHEW, judge on Cooking Channel’s Donut Showdown, Chef Host of Home Made Simple on TLC and comedic food contributor on Unique Sweets. Jamika is also a recurring judge on Food Network’s series Ultimate Summer Cook-Off.

Jamika’s incredible journey from corporate to the kitchen to television had made her a role model and motivational speaker to many, particularly aspiring chefs and women in business.

Follow Jamika @ChefJamika on social media for behind the scenes looks of Let’s Eat and lots of her food and travels. You can also get inspired to live your best life thru her blog Life of the Party on her website

On Food Network’s Facebook and Instagram fans can learn more about the hosts in a series of insider clips, and get their takes on the latest trending food debates. Also, they can learn even more cooking tips and food hacks, watch over-the-top dishes come to life, and use #LetsEat to share their own tricks in the kitchen. Plus, for all the full recipes featured on the show visit .

About The Art Institute of Atlanta

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