By Veleka Finch
Published February 12, 2013
On the night of February 8, surrounded by more than 200 of her closest family and friends, Jann Robinson was keeping a secret.
The Birmingham small business owner, a widow and mother of six children, was about to win a national TV contest that would change her life.
All those people had gathered at Aloft Birmingham Soho Square to see Jann compete in the debut episode of the new CBS reality competition series The Job.
And Jann made them proud. She beat out four other competitors for an assistant manager position at The Palm Restaurant, a world-renown fine-dining establishment based in New York City.
Once the screaming stopped and the joyful tears were wiped away, Jann told the crowd that The Palm offered her an open opportunity to work at their West Side Palm location in New York’s Times Square. She looks forward to being mentored by the Bozzi and Ganzi families in the city that started it all for The Palm, which now has 25 locations across the U.S., in London, and Mexico.
Jann could make the transition from the Magic City to the Big Apple as early as late summer. Her focus right now is on finding a place to live and finding schools for her six children, who range in age from 6 to 17.
Until her move, Jann will continue running Backstage Catering and Jann Robinson Culinary Living, her southern lifestyle consulting company, from her home in Mountain Brook, Ala. If you want Jann to cater your special event, help you put on a southern-style affair, or speak to your group, call 205.314.5723. For media inquiries, please call Veleka Finch at 205.332.5914.
By Veleka Finch
Published February 7, 2013
Caterer and southern lifestyle consultant Jann Robinson is taking her talents from local TV in Birmingham, Ala., to a nationwide audience. Robinson, a widow and mother of six, will compete on the debut episode of The Job, which airs Feb. 8 at 8/7 Central on CBS.
Hosted by Emmy Award nominee Lisa Ling, each episode of The Job will feature five candidates competing for their dream job. In addition to the episode’s featured company, representatives from three guest companies from related industries will have the opportunity to make an on-the-spot offer to one of the candidates, who must decide if they will accept the offer or remain in the running for the highlighted job.
In the premiere episode of The Job, Robinson, 38, and four other candidates will work to impress executives of The Palm, a fine-dining restaurant with 25 locations across the continental United States and locations in Mexico City and London.
Guest companies, who will also be allowed to compete for Robinson and her fellow candidates, include Westville, which serves eclectic American cuisine and has four Manhattan locations; YB & CO. by Chef Julian Medina, which features six upscale Mexican and Pan-Latino restaurants in New York City; and Maison Privé chefs, a boutique catering company serving New York City and the surrounding areas that unites chefs, farmers and seasonal menus.
Robinson currently runs Backstage Catering and Jann Robinson Culinary Living, a southern lifestyle consulting company. She has catered events for celebrities and public figures from Beyoncé to President George W. Bush, and appears on local Birmingham news programs as a cooking guest.
Robinson and her late husband Dave Robinson owned Dave’s Deli in Mountain Brook, Ala. He died of cancer in 2006, when Robinson was weeks away from delivering their sixth child.
Robinson lives with her four daughters and two sons in Mountain Brook’s Crestline neighborhood.