Introducing Chef Kara

csiskaraIntroducing Chef Instructor Kara Fambro- when the love of baking meets the ultimate dream nothing but creative delectable arise. From self taught home cook to pastry chef, the love of cooking is what’s shown through her work.

“I have always enjoyed cooking and baking, so where others look at it as a task, it’s like relaxation for me. Not only have I been classically trained by Le Cordon Bleu, but have learned a lot just by tweaking some things along the way! Manufacturing, retail bakeries, and being a entrepreneur helped make what I love that much easier!

I am a baker at The Fresh Market specializing mostly in breads but also specialty individual desserts.”

Join Kara for these extra-special classes:
All Things Gingerbread!, Saturday December 10th at Noon
Tarts and Mousse, Sunday December 18th at 2pm

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Meet Special Guest Chef Diana Presson Eller

Cook Like You Mean It!

Big time classics are prepared with love, care and a serious respect for locally sourced ingredients and how they nourish our loved ones created by a professional chef and mommy.

As an accomplished, professional chef, Diana has devoted the past 20 years to gaining hands on experience, comprehensive knowledge and understanding of every facet of the food and beverage industry. Locally, her culinary resume includes Sauced (chef Ria Pell), Shaun’s (chef Shaun Doty), Cakes and Ale, The Bakery at Murphy’s and most recently Kafenio, just down the street in College Park.

She is a highly personable instructor/trainer who describes herself as “upbeat, joyful, quirky and moderately eccentric with a healthy dose of humor and cordial sarcasm.” Perhaps most importantly, she is a loving wife and mother of a charming 2 year old boy, Elliott Yeats. While she has spent years working in upscale and fine dining restaurant kitchens, as a busy mom, she knows what it takes to translate professional experience to practical home cooking solutions. She is wildly enthusiastic about sharing her passion and expertise and strives to make that enthusiasm contagious.

Chef Diana will be teaching classes at our new Sweet Selma Farms Kitchen in Historic College Park.  Come join her for Soups On! and Let’s Party!“, debuting in October .

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Introducing Special Guest Chef – Ramsey Eden

RampastaIntroducing Special Guest Chef – Ramsey Eden

 
Ramsey Eden grew up in the Savannah area, absorbing the rich regional culinary traditions. He went to college and came home to marry the love of his life. He moved to Atlanta and learned pasta making at St. Cecilia in Buckhead. When not hustling pasta at work, you can find him at home cutting up some tagliatelle made with fresh eggs from the chickens in his backyard. He lives in East Point with his wife, his two dogs, and his cat.

Join Chef Ramsey Eden in a very special Pastabilities class on Thursday, September 22nd at 7pm

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Meet Chef Jamia

IMG_20160116_184816693Jamia 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.

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Meet Chef Cody

Cody Thompson HeadshotFounder of Cody Uncorked, Cody is a food blogger and full-time digital public relations specialist. She grew up eating home-cooked meals with her family, but didn’t start cooking until she was in college at The University of Georgia. Since graduating, she has continued to share new recipes and techniques through her blog and has been featured by Bon Appétit and Jezebel Magazine. Cody loves to show people how cooking can not only be delicious, but also easy, fun and the perfect way to show people just how much you love them!

To see what she’s cooking up at home, follow her on Instagram @CodyUncorked.

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Meet Paul D.

PaulDonahueHeadshotfinalA 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.

Join Paul in one of his upcoming classes:
Sunday Brunch
Cocktail Party

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Introducing… Christy B.

christybealA 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!

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Chef Sandy Says…

corkPopWhat 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,

Chef Sandy

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Chef Tony

DSC_0242With 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!

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Chef Carlton

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.

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Chef Sandy


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!

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Chef Jake

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.

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