We are a boutique cooking school located in Old Fourth Ward catering to foodies who want a hands on cooking and eating experience. Currently we offer cooking classes for individuals, couples and groups and utilize some of the best chefs and cooking instructors in our area. We also offer special classes for groups of all sizes and age ranges.
We also specialize in providing a “safe” and fun environment for folks who frankly HATE cooking. We take the fear and frustration out of the very act of entering the kitchen and we show you that the oven is far more useful than a place to stow your sweaters.
We take a different approach to teaching cooking classes. We honor the time-tested techniques of master chefs and grandmothers, and use the best cooking utensils on earth: a sharp knife, a rolling pin, a keen palate, and a mind open to exploration.
If you or someone you know needs this kind of experience, please let us show you how fun cooking can be.
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” — Julia Child
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.
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!
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.
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!