Erling Jensen 

Erling Jensen, The Restaurant
Memphis, TN

Chef Erling Jensen was born in Frederikshavn, Denmark, and started cooking at the tender age of 14. He has cooked in Washington, DC, Miami, and Memphis where he was hired over the telephone after calling from an ad in the New York Times. 

Under Jensen’s hand, La Tourelle was voted Memphis’s “Best French Restaurant” several years in a row. 

In 1996 Jensen opened his eponymous, award-winning Erling Jensen, The Restaurant, named Best Restaurant in Memphis several years in a row.  Chef Jensen has been featured in Food & Wine, Southern Living, and Virtual Gourmet. Erling has been invited and has cooked twice at the James Beard House and in 2000 was named "Distinguished Restauranteur of the Year" by the Memphis Restaurant Association.