Jamilka Borges

Executive Chef, Spoon

Jamilka Borges is the Executive Chef at Independent Brewing Company & Hidden Harbor, one of Pittsburgh’s premier dining destinations, and part of the S+P Restaurant Group. With expertise in regional, French, Italian and Latin cuisine, Borges brings a diverse and dynamic culinary style to Spoon and the S+P team. Prior to joining IBC & HH, Borges served as Executive Chef at Pittsburgh’s Spoon, the Livermore and Bar Marco, where she lead a program to preserve local produce and develop menus based on availabilities from local farms. Her commitment to a unique “farm to table” dining experience led Bar Marco to be nominated for Best New Restaurant 2013 by Bon Appetit.

Her work also includes time as the Executive Chef of Food Revolution Cooking Club, a program that taught nearly 30 high school students cooking techniques and provided them with nutritional guidance. She furthered developed her skills as chef de cuisine at Legume. In 2015 she was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as a Rising Star Chef Semifinalist and was honored as Best Chefs America’s Rising Star Chef. In 2016 was named Starchefs Rising Star for the Rustbelt Region. Currently she works with 412 Food Rescue, a non-profit organization that is looking to eliminate hunger while reducing food waste.