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In the Kitchen Instructors

Norman Van Aken

Norman Van Aken is known internationally for introducing "fusion" into the lexicon of modern cookery and considered to be the founding father of New World…

Candace Walsh

After completing a degree in Finance & Accounting from Syracuse University, Candace embarked upon a career in Finance, as an asset-backed trader.  Although…

Jeffrey Brana

One of Jeffrey’s earliest food memories revolves around a one hundred year-old orange tree in his grandmother’s backyard. This tree in Central Florida, at…

Robyn Webb

Robyn Webb, MS, is an award-winning cookbook author, nutritionist, and culinary instructor. She is the long time Food Editor of Diabetes Forecast Magazine and…

Brian Diaz

Brian Diaz is a Colombian native with Italian roots and a genuine passion for hospitality. Brian began his journey in Colombia working at his family’s…

Ana Sofía Peláez

Ana Sofía Peláez is a Miami-based food writer covering the spectrum of Latin American cuisine on her blog Hungry Sofia. She has been featured by the New…

This class was not only incredibly well organized, but highly engaging and rapidly became one of the highlights of the children’s week. I was particularly impressed that she was able to translate her own obvious expertise into language that the children were able to understand and learn from. She took the children through weekly ‘food journeys’, choosing topics that were varied and stimulating. These ranged from the clearly entertaining ‘chocolate’ theme, to other food groups, which would appear less immediately appealing to children, such as ‘herbs’ ‘spices’ and ‘fruit’, but which solicited the same high levels of engagement from the children. Each lesson was the perfect balance of theory, practice and tasting, meaning that the children, although young, remained engaged throughout and were encouraged to experiment with new foods and tastes which they would otherwise have avoided.
Samantha Gleave – Parent