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Jenn studied archaeology and worked in Peru and in the United States. But before becoming an archaeologist, she spent years working in restaurants, serving, bar tending, and cooking. After years of traveling working in the field, she realized that she still had a passion for cooking and missed cooking for people, so she threw a party and served tamales, her favorite. They were devoured, and a friend said she should sell them. That year, she started a small food booth, serving at Findlay Market, Northside Market, and other markets and festivals. In late 2019, she decided to start a food truck and run Jenn's Hot Tamale full time where she expanded the menu to include many of the other dishes she loves. "It's crazy hard work," she says, but she loves it!

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