About - JAX Cooking Studio

About Us

Our Mission

Health is Wealth

More than ever before, we are consuming greater amounts of food outside our homes. These meals are often over-processed, not nutritious, and high in calories. The result has been an increase in obesity and chronic illness.

When people learn to cook, they are more likely to share family meals together. The benefits of eating together as a family are significant! Family relationships are improved. Children are more successful in school. They have a positive self-esteem. They develop a lasting, beneficial relationship with food.

“The first wealth is health.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our founder

Terri Davlantes

Terri Davlantes grew up in a large family in Jacksonville, Florida. The main gathering place for the family of eleven was the kitchen, always abuzz with activity and conversation. Important life lessons were imparted there, including how to cook and the importance of family meals in raising healthy, well-adjusted children. These lessons were invaluable when Terri and her husband began raising their four children.

Terri’s early professional life was spent as a coronary care nurse and health law attorney. She spent most of her career in higher education, envisioning and bringing to life new mission-driven academic programs.

Fun fact: Terri loves all things lime!

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Hippocrates

Good to know

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer gift certificates?
Gift certificates may be purchased online at https://jaxcookingstudio.com/product/gift-certificate/, or you may purchase a physical card in JAX Cooking Studio. To use a gift certificate, visit jaxcookingstudio.com/classes, select your class, proceed to the checkout page, and enter the gift certificate number in the pink field at the top of the page. Gift certificates are non-refundable and never expire. Please contact [email protected]com for help.
How long do classes last and what's included?

Classes typically last 2.5 hours. We provide ingredients for the recipes, chef-led instruction, hands-on cooking experience, aprons to use, a full meal, complimentary wine, and copies of the recipes to take home. We set up and clean up, and you show up and have fun! Come hungry because you will be eating what you prepare at our communal dining tables!

What is the typical class size?

The typical size of classes available to the public in our hands-on cooking classes is 16-18 guests.

Do I get to eat what I cooked?

Absolutely! Guests enjoy the food they have prepared at our communal dining tables. One of our greatest pleasures is seeing people who were strangers at the beginning of class leave as friends. We also encourage you to ask questions of our chefs to increase your culinary knowledge and confidence.

Who will I be cooking with?

If you purchase 2 or 3 tickets, you and your guests will work at one of our nine cooking stations to prepare your meal together. If you purchase a single adult ticket, you will be working at a station with another person to prepare your meal. However, during registration, you will have the opportunity to indicate if you would like to cook with another person(s) registering independently.

Can you accommodate special dietary restrictions?

Yes! During the checkout process you will be prompted to enter dietary restrictions. The chefs will use that information to prepare the ingredient trays for you and the others at your cooking station. While we try to get as close as possible to the original gluten-containing recipe, we are not able to guarantee a direct match of ingredients. We also offer plant-based vegan classes each month. If you have specific questions please contact us at [email protected] or (904) 379-6220.

May I reschedule or cancel a class?

If you are unable to attend the class for which you registered, please inform us as soon as possible. For purchases of 5 or fewer tickets for a class, if you notify us at least 7 days before the class date, we will issue you a full refund of the class price less the cost of the credit card processing fees we encounter. If you notify us at least 5 days in advance, we will issue a credit for a future class valid for one year.

If you purchase 6 or more tickets for a single class, we require a 14-day notice before the class date to cancel that reservation. In that instance, we will issue you a credit valid for one year. No credit card refunds will be offered. 

If you are not able to provide the required notice, we will attempt to rebook your tickets. If we are successful, we will provide you with a credit which you may use on future classes. If we are not able to rebook the tickets, we regret that no refund or store credit will be issued. By that time, we will have committed staff and resources and purchased food based on our confirmed bookings. We encourage you to gift your tickets to a friend or relative if that occurs.

Note: please see the cancellation policy on the Summer Camp page for the policies specific to these camps.

What should I wear to class?

We recommend that you wear closed-toe shoes, minimal jewelry, comfortable clothing, and have long hair secured. We will provide an apron to use during the cooking class. 

May children attend an adult class?

Children of any age accompanied by an adult may attend "Family" classes. Children 16 or older may attend "Adult" classes. Children 14 or older may attend "Adult" classes if accompanied by someone at least 21 years of age. Children 7 or older may cook without an adult present in our "Kids" classes.

How often are classes repeated?

Most classes are repeated every 1-3 months with menus changing periodically. If you have a suggestion for a new class email us at [email protected]

May I take photos or videos in class?

Absolutely! We encourage you to take photos or videos. Please tag JAX Cooking Studio on Facebook or Instagram so that others may enjoy them, too. We may also take photos and/or videos and post them on our website, share them on social media, or use them in print ads or our newsletter.  

Do you offer corporate and private events?
Cooking together is a natural ice-breaking and team-promoting experience! That's why JAX Cooking Studio is the perfect place to host your next private event! We can accommodate up to 35 adults in our beautiful 1,800 square foot cooking studio.
Our rates include space rental for up to 2.5 hours, ingredients for the recipes, chef-led instruction, hands-on cooking experience, a full meal, complimentary wine, and copies of the recipes to take home. We can also add an exciting cooking competition to your event!
We have menu options from which you may choose, or we will work with you to develop a menu specific to your group.
Do you offer kids' birthday parties?

A cooking birthday party is such fun! The event is two hours long, and the kids do hands-on cooking for 90 minutes. During the last 30 minutes, they enjoy eating the food they made and celebrating the birthday child.

Choose a menu, set a date and time, and your birthday planning is complete! Contact us for more info at [email protected].

Do you have a waitlist if the class I want is full?

Yes, if a class is full, please contact us at [email protected]. We will place you on the wait list and notify you if space becomes available. Please remember to specify the date and title of the cooking class you are interested in attending.

Will JAX Cooking Studio ever cancel classes?

On a rare occasion, we may need to cancel a class due to inclement weather or low enrollment. If we cancel a class, we will notify you as soon as possible and give you the option to obtain a complete refund or be placed in another class.

Rave Reviews

What People Are Saying

“Five Stars for Fun!”

The Chef was AMAZINGLY patient and walks you through each step. I learned some new techniques ????????‍????. I definitely recommend you give them a try. It’s a lot of fun, the staff is wonderful. I give them 5 stars!

 

Kimberly P.

"This Place is Addicting!"

This place is AMAZING. They have a huge array of classes, even plant based cooking classes. Everything you hate about cooking–the measuring and mess–is handled for you. I recommend you try a class. I swear it is addicting!

Cameron O.

“My Kids Made Me Dinner!”

My daughters and I recently attended a pasta making class that was wonderfully taught.  The girls enjoyed it so much they made fresh made pasta on their own last night. Thank you, JAX Cooking Studio, for giving my children the confidence and desire to cook

Lauren P.

“Great Date Night”

The chef and staff were stupendous! If you are not a cook and want to learn how it's done or are already skilled and just looking for a good date night this is definitely a great idea

Michael S.

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14035 BEACH BLVD #6
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32250

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
CLASSES FROM MORNING TO EVENING

Terri Davlantes
FOUNDER & OWNER

Terri combined her background as a nurse, lawyer, and higher education administrator with her love of cooking when she envisioned and opened JAX Cooking Studio. She grew up in a large Jacksonville family where the kitchen was the hub of the house. Someone could always be found there cooking, eating, or sharing the details of their day. Classes at the cooking studio replicate these family gatherings as people share laughs, learn culinary tips, and enjoy togetherness while preparing their feast. As our tagline says, come "Gather. Cook. Enjoy." at JAX Cooking Studio!

Brazil Williams
CHEF

Brazil Williams graduated from Jacksonville's well-regarded Florida College of Jacksonville Culinary Institute. After graduation she worked at local establishments honing her craft, learning leadership skills, menu creation, and food management. Chef Brazil loves sharing her knowledge of both pastry and savory cuisine with children and adults alike. She has a knack for baking breads and enjoys Korean food. Come say hello! She lights up the room with her vibrant pink hair!

Jamily Fuller
CHEF

 Jamily moved to the US from Venezuela when she was 5 years old and hails from a large Venezuelan and Arabic heritage. Her family often gathered around home-cooked meals, so carrying on the traditions always intrigued her. After graduating with a degree in Culinary Arts & Hospitality, she took some time off to raise her family. During this time her passion for cooking and learning new techniques in the kitchen grew. She now owns a micro bakery and loves to teach others about endless possibilities in the kitchen, both savory and sweet! 

Melissa Nolan
EXECUTIVE CHEF

Chef Melissa is a proud Jacksonville native who attended Florida State University earning a business hospitality degree and a minor in anthropology. She then went to Johnson and Wales University to fulfill her dream of becoming a chef. Melissa's impressive culinary experience includes interning at  Thomas Keller's famed Per Se Restaurant in NYC, and working at many of Northeast Florida's finest restaurants. Her favorite things include coffee, bourbon, and dogs!

Kimber Young
CHEF

Kimber is a proud West Virginian that has fallen in love with the beach life in Jacksonville. She is a knowledgeable and versatile chef thanks to her time as a Pampered Chef and working in various parts of the industry. She is skilled in Asian cuisine but enjoys teaching just about anything! Chef Kimber loves her dog, long walks on the beach, and a cold drink in her hand. Come say hello to this moutain mama!

Kyra Smith
CHEF

Kyra was born and raised in Jacksonville and is one of the studio's longest tenured employees. Although a young chefs, she loves learning about everything culinary. Her soft-spoken demeanor is appealing to kids and adults alike. Ask Kyra any question and you'll be amazed at her knowlege of both savory and sweet cooking! She helps prepare ingredient trays, trains new support staff, and develops menus and recipes. In her free time she winds down by knitting and watching scary movies!

 Angela DeLusa
PASTRY CHEF

Angela has traveled down south after beginning her career in Massachusetts. She spent years working in pastry kitchens producing desserts for large groups of people. Angela loves teaching the small classes at JAX Cooking Studio where her fun loving personality shines through. Her family, husband, and pets are her biggest supporters. Make sure to experience one of Angela's classes soon!

Will Dahlstrom
CHEF

Will has over 25 years of culinary experience, spending time in Atlanta, Philly, and California. He developed his passion as a chef at counry clubs, advancing all the way to Executive Chef. He also spent over 7 years at the Ritz Carlton honing his fining dining skills and his knack at artfully plating meals. Will is a master of southern cooking, perfect for us in Jacksonville! In his free time, you can find him fishing, traveling to Disney, and gardening. Come take one of his classes and learn from his wealth of knowledge!

Ashley Neudecker
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

Ashley was raised in Hope, Indiana, a small town in the southern part of the state. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and an associate's degree in Information Technology, Ashley enlisted in the Navy where she served as a military police officer. She has always enjoyed cooking, and is thrilled to be a part of the JAX Cooking Studio team. If you have ever written or called us, it is likely you spoke with Ashley!