Jensen was raised on the Central Coast of California. An avid outdoorsman, he grew  up hunting, fishing, backpacking, and traveling. An intimate respect for nature has always been a driving force in Jensen's life. 

As a chef Jensen has become close friends with farmers, ranchers, foragers, cheese makers, vintners and brewers. Working as a part of the local food community has given him a close connection with locally harvested and seasonal foods. He believes that cuisine should be a reflection of a region, as such, sustainably harvested ingredients and  thoughtfully sourced products are the heartbeat of all of his menus.

Most recently, Jensen was the chef and owner of the Cass House Restaurant, where he garnered national and international press for his take on fine dining in an old sea captain's home.