Chef Sonya Jones is the owner of Sweet Auburn Bread Company, where she continues the traditions of southern African American baking. Her desserts have received praise from former President Bill Clinton and Food Network star Rachael Ray. In 2008, she was honored by Ebony magazine’s “Taste of Ebony” awards as one of the nation’s top Black Pastry Chefs.
Jones studied at the Culinary Institute of America and returned to Atlanta after graduating, determined to become a success. She worked with Southern food icon Edna Lewis and opened a bakery, selling made-from-scratch desserts. After receiving rave reviews, Jones began a successful mail-order business. She also runs a catering service and sells a line of private-label jellies and dessert sauces.
Her business was selected as one of the Best Bakeries in the South by Southern Living and has received praise from such publications as Flavors and Taste of the South, among others. Jones has made media appearances on Food Network shows with Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay. When CNN ran a segment about the economic crisis and its effect on small businesses, they dubbed Sweet Auburn “The Little Bakery That Could.” Jones lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
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