MONTCLAIR, NJ – Lynley Jones has created a way to make cooking fun and adventurous by developing her own spice blends and recipes. Adventure Kitchen is the result of that. Jones is founder and chief creator.
Jones, originally from Arizona, moved to New Jersey 25 years ago after graduate school to work at AT&T in Basking Ridge. Lynley resides in Montclair with her husband and two children who attend Montclair High School. Both her daughter and son have helped with Adventure Kitchen and her son was a camp counselor for the Adventure Kitchen Summer Camps. Jones canceled the camp this year due to COVID-19. The camp is for 8 to 14-year-olds who are curious cooks and eaters as well as selective eaters.
Her brother, Eric Jones, moved to Montclair about a year and half ago to help manage Adventure Kitchen.
Jones, a stay at home mom for 10 years, received a note from the Parent Teacher Association asking if any parents had any fun skills that they could teach the kids after school. She did not think he had any skills to offer students. Her kids suggested she teach cooking. “It didn’t occur to me because I didn’t go to cooking school, I went to business school,” she said.
Jones learned how to cook working in restaurants for 10 years between college and graduate school. “I was cooking every day with my kids teaching them how to cook,” she said.
When she started teaching the children, Jones wanted to be creative. “Being from Arizona I thought gosh what is the one thing I could teach that these Montclair kids may not know a lot about