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Jon Jernigan of Willingboro NJ, Cathedral Kitchen executive chef, dies

Cooking and teaching others how to cook, Aaron McCargo said, is “taking your humanity and putting it on display for everybody to see.”

Chef Jonathan Jernigan, who died suddenly over the July 4 holiday weekend, put his humanity on display every day, especially during his time as executive chef at Cathedral Kitchen, where he taught countless people not only how to prepare sumptuous meals, but also how to transform their lives.

Chef Jonathan Jernigan of Cathedral Kitchen serves guests in 2019 at #WasteNot for CFET, a Courier-Post and The Farm & Fisherman-sponsored annual event to fight food waste.

Jernigan, a Willingboro native, began his career at McDonald’s, McCargo said Tuesday. The two chefs, both of whom would go on to acclaimed careers that included fine dining and television appearances, would joke about their common humble beginnings, teasing one another about Big Macs and their own culinary guilty pleasures.

“He met me as this young dude from Camden,” said McCargo. “He was my first mentor, but he was more than that: He was my brother.”