A native Californian, Jennifer followed in her father's and grandfather’s footsteps to become the third generation in the restaurant business. Her grandfather founded the Tiny Naylor's chain, California's original family-style restaurants and drive-ins, complete with roller skating waitresses. Her father, Biff Naylor also began at a young age under his father and currently carries on the family tradition as owner and operator of Du-par’s restaurants, a venture on which Jennifer collaborates..
A graduate of Southern Methodist University with degrees in Studio Art and Art History, Jennifer entered the restaurant business in the 1980’s, first serving successive apprenticeships with Los Angeles chefs Roland Gibert, Mary Sue Miliken and Susan Feniger. In 1990, Jennifer joined the restaurant team of Wolfgang Puck and Barbara Lazaroff to work at the brewery restaurant Eureka. In 1992, Naylor was promoted to sous-chef and brought over to help run Puck’s flagship restaurant Granita in Malibu.