Although she has been a very good cook both at home and as a professional, Brenda Jenkins had never entered a cooking contest before winning the blue ribbon at the recent Gloucester County Fair in "A Brunch for A Bunch" classification.
Not only does Brenda work with the Courthouse Restaurant on Main Street, she has been the cook for the Gloucester jail for 10 years. "I prepare three meals a day for about 75 to 80 detainees. It’s an eight to five job and I have about three trusties who help me in the kitchen. The Department of Corrections sets up the menus, the county sets the budget, and I work within their guidelines. Menus are changed on a three-week cycle. Macaroni and cheese seems to be one of the most popular dishes I serve. I have a large turnover of trusties. One of the men told me I reminded him of Aunt Bee of Mayberry in the Andy Griffith TV series."