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.