We are excited to announce that Jess Cerra, founder of Fit Food by Jess, will be joining The Cycling House as head chef for an extended period of time this winter.

When she's not riding bikes, running or swimming, you can find Jess in the kitchen (and in her element).

Jess (originally from Whitefish, MT) prepares fresh, healthy, seasonal food customized for busy families and athletes alike.  Jess started Fit Food by Jess in 2009 as a small private chef and catering company in San Diego.  In just three years Fit Food has grown to specialize in tailoring meals for professional athletes as well as local triathlon and cycling camps in the San Diego area. Having Jess at The Cycling House is a real privilege and we looking forward to working with her.

Fresh fruits are a staple at The Cycling House

In 2007, while finishing her M.S. in Exercise Physiology, a professor introduced Jess to competitive mountain biking.  This inspired Jess to try her first triathlon in 2008, an XTERRA off-road triathlon.  In 2010, during Jess’s third year racing XTERRA, she won the USA Championship amateur title.  She then turned professional in 2011, finishing  the season with a 6th place ranking on the XTERRA USA Tour and top 10 at both XTERRA USA and World Championships.

Persimmon Salad

As a professional athlete, Jess is able to understand the challenges athletes face nutritionally.  Combining her knowledge of training and competing with her knowledge of physiology and nutrition, allows Jess to make the perfect meals for The Cycling House.  The food is wholesome, flavorful, and geared towards fueling all realms of training and recovery.  You can also check out Fit Food by Jess in Triathlete magazine, where Jess writes a recipe and cooking column bi-monthly.

Jess, racing an Xterra

Athletic Career Highlights:
USAT Elite Off-Road License, 2011
USA Cycling Cat 1 License (MTB), 2009-present
2011 XTERRA World Championship, 10th, pro female
2011 XTERRA USA Championship, 10th, pro female
2011 XTERRA America Tour, 6th, pro female
2011 XTERRA East Championship, 5th, pro female
2011 Kenda-Specialized MTB Marathon Invitational, 2nd, pro female
2011/2010/2009 Glacier Challenge Multisport Race, 1st/2nd/1st, solo female
2010 XTERRA USA Championship, 1st female amateur
2010/2009 XTERR World Championship, 3rd, AG 25-29
2010 San Diego Winter MTB XC Invitational, 1st, pro female
2009 Kenda West Cup, 3rd, Cat 1 female