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

Our survey results

By the Numbers

We surveyed you, Jacksonville! Our results showed that these are the skills you want to learn. What are you waiting for? Sign up for a class today!

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want to learn Basic Knife Skills

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want to learn Weekly Meal Planning

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want to learn how to cook Healthy Meals

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want to learn how to cook Fast, Easy Meals

Features

What We Offer

Fresh Menus

In our classes, you’ll learn how to transform fresh, raw ingredients into tasty, good-for-you meals.

Innovative Instructors

Our chefs and dieticians are the best in the business and are skilled at making education and cooking fun.

Measurable Results

We are confident that you will feel better both mentally and physically once you see how easy it is to cook for a healthier lifestyle.

Step-by-Step Recipes

Our recipes are foolproof: easy to follow in class, easy to replicate for busy families at home.

Global Flavors

Learn to taste and appreciate food cultures from around the world. Dare to step outside your culinary comfort zone!

Happy Wallets

We are conscious of your budget and have carefully formulated recipes for delicious, low-cost meals.

Good to know

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the typical class size?

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

How long do classes last and do I need to bring anything?

Classes typically last 2.5 to 3 hours. JAX Cooking Studio provides chef-led instruction, aprons, all ingredients and cooking utensils, and recipe packets to take home. We set up and clean up, and you show up and have fun in our beautiful 1,800 square foot kitchen! Come hungry because we will be eating what we prepare at our communal dining tables!

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. Communal cooking and shared meals are a natural bonding experience. We also encourage you to ask questions of our chefs to increase your culinary knowledge and confidence.

May my children attend an adult class?

Children may attend many of our adult classes if they are accompanied by an adult (age ranges appropriate for the classes are posted on the page for each class). We also offer Kids' Cooking classes in which the children cook independently of their parents (open to kids ages 6 and up) and Parent and Me classes (open to kids of all ages).

May I reschedule or cancel a class?

We realize that plans change. If you are unable to attend the class for which you registered, please inform us as soon as possible. For individual classes, if you notify us at least 7 days before the class date, we will issue you a full refund of the class price minus the credit card processing fees we have been charged. If you notify us at least 4 days in advance, we will issue a credit for a future class. If you are not able to provide 4 days’ notice, 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 hope you will make someone very happy by gifting him or her with your cooking class!

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

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.

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

Yes, if a class is full, please contact us at info@jaxcookingstudio.com. 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.

May I take photos or videos in class?

Absolutely! We encourage you to take class photos or videos (we may shoot a few ourselves!). Please tag JAX Cooking Studio on Facebook or Instagram so that others in your class may enjoy them, too.

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 info@jaxcookingstudio.com

Do you offer corporate and adult special 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 team-building, special event celebration, or corporate meeting! We can accommodate up to 35 adults in our beautiful new 1,800 square foot cooking studio. Our technology allows you to show your presentation on our two large monitors.
Our rates include space rental for up to 2 1/2 hours, food required for menu recipes, chef-led instruction, your choice of a hands-on and/or demonstration-style cooking experience, a full meal of recipes prepared, and copies of the recipes to take home. We can also infuse an exciting cooking competition into 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.
Contact us for more information at info@jaxcookingstudio.com

Please do not hesistate to get in touch should you have further questions!

Testimonials

What People Are Saying

“Physician-Approved Classes”

"A patient's ability to create and eat delicious, healthy food has dramatic effects on their health. I am thrilled to see JAX Cooking Studio teach people the skills to do this!"

Kathy D. Sella, MD
Family Physician

"Simple Meals with Big Flavors"

"JAX Cooking Studio teaches people to be adventurous in their kitchens by cooking simple, healthy meals with big flavors. Congrats and big success!"

Chef Ryan Scott
Host of Food Rush;
Top Chef celebrity

“My Teenage Son Cooks For Me!”

"Andrew has loved cooking at JAX Cooking Studio this summer! The quality of the food that has been coming home is outstanding. Our whole family has enjoyed tasting Andrew’s camp creations."

Cara Hillyard
Mother of Andrew, age 14

“A Much-Needed Enterprise”

"JAX Cooking Studio classes fill a missing void in Jacksonville by combining nutrition and culinary lessons. This is needed more today than ever before."

Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D., 
Professor of Kinesiology, Jacksonville University

Hours of Operation

14035 BEACH BLVD #6
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32250

OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Classes from morning to evening

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