Jamia describes herself as a country girl. She is a true Georgia Peach. She grew up cooking along side her mother, for whom her famous Macaronic and Cheese(Ms. Ann’s macaroni and cheese) is named. Her inspirations also included her dad and both grandmothers. She is well versed in Sothern Cooking but any type of food that allows friends and family to come together in love, share stories and fellowship and ends with you feeling like your spirit has been hugged, is the kind of foods she delights in preparing the most. She shares her love of cooking with both daughters but Shayne is the one you’ll see most often in the kitchen right beside her mom.
A native of Iowa, Paul has been cooking and entertaining friends and family from the age of 10 when his mother drafted him to help with her many social engagements. Since moving to Atlanta in 1986, Paul has been sharing his love of good food and hospitality with more dinners and cocktail parties both large and small than he can remember. Paul will be sharing his tips and tricks to making entertaining in your home for your friends, family and loved ones an easy and relaxing experience. Paul loves helping with a problem, so if you have a cooking conundrum, talk to him about a private cooking lesson.
A native of New Orleans, Christy Beal has worked her entire adult life in the world of medicine but what she really loves is sharing her love of cooking with her friends, family and coworkers.
Be sure to reserve your space in her upcoming “Shrimp Gumbo, Etouffee and Homemade Cornbread” class on Saturday Feb 27th at 7pm. Space is limited, so don’t delay!
What an amazing week I’ve had in the cooking school. It is pure joy getting to meet so many fascinating folks…a superior court judge, a member of Seal Team 10, an Atlanta Falcon, more than a couple of newly engaged or ‘just married’ couples, new parents on their first night out since the arrival of their first little one…and that’s just this week! Some came in ‘just friends’…many left with a claim to new friends. And THAT is why I do what I do. Yeah, we made some fabulous Greek food, explored vegan fare, prepared dinner for two…but the CONNECTIONS discovered, or made…it satisfies my soul like nothing else.
The smiles, the laughter, the authenticity of it all… I can hardly wait to meet my next class. Food is powerful stuff.
Ever my best to those who’ve been and to those on their way,
With roots planted deep in the soil of Sicily, Chef Tony grew up in the school of Grandma Rose. Given the job of stirring the sauce at the age of three, he mastered the family traditions and within him grew the passion he shares with his students today. The annual visits to extended family in Italy fuels his “foodie” nature and desire to prepare all things healthful, nutritious and delizioso!
Chef Carlton is an accomplished culinary professional who has tickled the palates of celebrities Who’s Who such as Supermodel Beverly Johnson, Former Mayor Andrew Young, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, the late Mr. E. Lynn Harris (national bestselling author), Nikki Giovanni (Grammy-nominated American poet), Ian Smith, M.D. (award winning medical correspondent for NBC News), Karyn Greer (Clear News WGCL-TV Anchor Woman), and the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King.
He has also provided services to such corporate giants as; American Express, Morgan Stanley & Co., Hewlett Packard, Office of the Mayor, Wells Fargo, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Georgia Pacific, Atlanta Journal and Constitution and Cox Communications just to name a few.
Chef Carlton was voted the #3 Cater in Atlanta for 2009 in “The Best of Atlanta” featured in the Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine. He is an active member of the International Catering Association and the American Culinary Federation. His cuisines and presentations are the mark of true talents, which can be viewed via his website at www.occasionaloccasions.net.
Sandy Houdeshell, a founding chef/owner of our wonderful school, has a lifetime of experience creating fabulous food for 6 to 600. She opened her first business, a sub shop within her residence hall, as a Rutgers College freshman at Rutgers University, NJ. After graduation, she had a successful run with Dunkin’ Donuts managing retail stores and training store managers. Sandy then went on to put her creative energies into her own catering business. She is also the Chief Operating Officer of ohmG!brands which owns The Irwin Street Market, Picnic, The Funky Monkey and Jake’s Ice Creams. In addition to being the mother of two wonderful daughters, Sandy enjoys developing new recipes, experimenting with flavor profiles, and sharing her experience with foodies of all ages…especially if there is a glass of wine at hand!
Our Founding Chef, Jake Rothschild is also the founder of Jake’s Ice Creams based in Atlanta, Georgia. He developed his first food product as a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His now famous JD Rothschild Gourmet Hot Chocolate Blend is now a staple in homes all over the US. A founding chef with the Cooking School at Irwin Street, Jake’s specialties include handmade pastas and sauces, super foods and teaching kids how to take over the kitchen with mom’s and dad’s approval. Jake lives on a tiny working farm in College Park, Georgia where he grows figs, peaches, grapes and herbs.
If you have a question for Chef Jake, you can contact him via his Q & A page.