Born and raised in Northwest Argentina, entrepreneur Jezabel Careaga always had a passion for cooking. Jezabel was raised by her grandmother Julia, they bonded in the kitchen and running around the house while making bread, peeling potatoes or making pasta. At the age of five, she began helping her mother bake alfajores. As a teenager, she became obsessed with “El Panadero y el Pastelero” (The Baker and Confectioner), a television cooking show highlighted sweet treats native to Argentina. During college, Careaga temporarily set aside the cookbooks to devote herself to acquiring more practical skills. However, in the summer of 2010, she embraced the opportunity to share her treasured recipes with the opening of Jezabel’s (formally Gavin’s Café), located at the corner of 26th and Pine Streets in the Fitler Square neighborhood of Philadelphia.
While, Jezabel strives every day to deliver the tastes of Argentina from her childhood, her culinary influences extend beyond there and she strives to fuse global tastes and flavors in uniquely delicious ways. Her café is filled with aroma of freshly baked sweet and savory Argentine treats, including empanadas, alfajores, and medialunas. As a chef, she prides herself on providing excellent food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.