Sometimes, the fraternity experience can lead our brothers in completely different professional directions. That’s certainly the case for Brother Jordan Lerman (Florida Atlantic, 2011).
“Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to cook but I got to college and started down the road to be a lawyer. I started as a criminal justice major at FAU and then I started working at a restaurant and coordinating food at the fraternity tailgates and homecoming BBQs and I realized that my true passion was really in the kitchen.”
After graduating from FAU, Brother Lerman went to culinary school in New York, where he met his future wife. After working in a kitchen in New York City for a while, he returned to South Florida to work in a restaurant in Boca Raton. About three months ago, he and his wife opened their own restaurant in Palm Beach, Jardin (http://www.jardinrestaurant.com), which has been garnering good reviews and a loyal following.
Brother Lerman has also made it to the second round of a local version of Knife Fight where he is competing against 16 other regional chefs. His next appearance will be on August 17th as he battles to move on to Round Three.
“AEPi was just a great experience for me. I spent my first year of college in Israel and when I transferred to FAU, I knew I was going to end up AEPi. My dad is a brother from Emory so there wasn’t a lot of doubt where I was going to end up.”
“One of my best memories was going on a trip to Israel with a bunch of brothers and Rabbi Denbo and having just a phenomenal time. I wouldn’t have done something like that with anyone but AEPi.”
We’ll all be on August 17 to cheer on Brother Lerman in Round Two and hope to get up to his restaurant next week while we’re at #aepi16!