Our Team - JAX Cooking Studio

Our Team

 

Our Team

Skilled Health and Culinary Professionals

JAX Cooking Studio classes are developed by professionals with backgrounds in health and culinary nutrition who are skilled at making education and cooking fun and memorable. Our team—which includes chefs, dietitians, nurses, and educators—will provide you with practical tips, the latest nutrition research, and tons of support on your path to a healthier lifestyle.

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A Hands-On Experience

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to cook! JAX Cooking Studio understands that the best way to learn something is by actively participating in the process. Our team shares encouragement and hearty laughs with you as you develop cooking skills and learn the latest in culinary nutrition. 

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Our Instructors

Our professional chefs, nurses, and educators are our pride and joy. Sign up for a class to meet them today!

Terri Davlantes
FOUNDER

Terri utilizes her background in nursing and academia to design classes that inspire, entertain, and educate guests. She particularly enjoys sharing tips to organize and declutter the kitchen to erase frustration and maximize enjoyment! Terri believes there is no place like the kitchen to cultivate community and share conversation.

Verousce McKibbin
CHEF

Verousce Mckibbin is the owner of Koek Cake Baking Studio. Upon receiving a degree in Hotel Management from The Swiss Hotel School, she decided to further her culinary education specializing in Pastry. After spending her early career working in Michelin Star Restaurants and 5 star hotels in Switzerland, London, South Africa, she found herself in the USA. Her current project is Koek Cake Baking Studio, a boutique online bakery specializing in uniquely modern cakes and sweets.

Eleanor “Elle” Baker
GUEST DIETITIAN

Eleanor “Elle” Baker, MS, RD/N, LD/N is a Jacksonville based Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and the owner of Elevated Nutrition and Wellness. She excels in blending science with simple nutrition practices to help others achieve more with their health. Elle loves the creativity cooking brings and is always experimenting with new flavors. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of North Florida.

Sammy Previte
GUEST DIETITIAN

Sammy Previte is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Personal Trainer, and Co-Owner of Dietitians of Palm Valley (DOPV), a nutrition private practice in Ponte Vedra Beach. DOPV are the official dietitians for the Jacksonville Jaguars and also work with private clients. Sammy specializes in individual nutritional coaching related to weight management, diabetes, and making peace with food. She enjoys motivating her clients and taking them on personalized grocery store tours.

Nancy Slatsky
MANAGING CHEF

Nancy’s love of cooking began at an early age, before she could reach the countertops! She went on to graduate from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Since then, she has worked in some of the finest hotels and restaurants in California and Montana. Since relocating to Jacksonville in 2001, Nancy has served as the executive pastry chef at Ponte Vedra Lodge and One Ocean Resort and as a sales consultant with a gourmet ingredient supplier. She is happy to be able to share her culinary knowledge with others at JAX Cooking Studio.

Steve Stallone
CHEF

Steve Stallone is the Corporate Concept Chef with Southeastern Grocers where he is responsible for development of recipes on a company-wide level and building teams of culinary rock stars. He has extensive experience working as a chef in a variety of settings from hotels to country clubs to fine-dining restaurants. Steve is a skilled food photographer and expert fruit carving artist.

Safura Osmani
GUEST CHEF

Safura teaches vegan classes focusing on Thai and Indian cuisine. A creative marketing and communications professional, she and her husband also create content for JAX Vegan Couple, an online social platform they co-created to provide food-focused information for vegans. She has completed studies in plant-based nutrition through Forks over Knives Rouxbe School of Cooking and T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.

Elizabeth Salem
GUEST CHEF

After a career as a retail food manager, Chef Elizabeth pursued her dream and attended Baking and Pastry School at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. She has owned a couple bakeries, including her current “Scratch Batch Cookies and Treats,” where she shares her passion for baking and bringing smiles to the faces of her customers. Through teaching classes, Chef Elizabeth helps others tackle their fear of baking and create positive family memories.

Christi Barnett, CWPC
CHEF

Christi Barnett’s culinary passion arose early in life while living in Italy and Bermuda. While abroad, Chef Barnett participated in several culinary competitions, and after graduating from Florida State College, she completed an externship at Walt Disney World. There she experienced the roles of chef in private catering, cruise ships, private clubs, restaurants, and even the Michelin-recommended Castle Venlaw Hotel in Scotland. Chef Barnett is certified as a Certified Working Pastry Chef by the American Culinary Federation.

Kelly Baxley
CHEF

Chef Kelly Baxley, CC has a passion for learning and teaching all things food. A fateful visit to Italy in 2010 inspired her to return and pursue her dream of becoming a chef in her “second life.” ACF certified, she has over 14 years of teaching experience to share with home cooks. She has worked teaching for Williams Sonoma for 11 years and is also the in house chef for CDZ Sales in their Cucina D’ Amore.

Spencer Osborne
CHEF

Spencer Osborne began his career at the Culinary Academy of San Francisco. He has held several notable chef positions including Executive Chef at Elk Ridge Hunting Lodge in Wyoming and owner of a well-respected restaurant and pastry shop in Los Angeles. Having attained a wealth of experience, Spencer decided to share his culinary knowledge with others entering the culinary profession. He has been a culinary instructor at La Cordon Bleu and the Virginia College Culinary Program.

Karen Alexander
GUEST SPEAKER, CANCER SERIES

Karen Alexander holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition, and Certifications in Oncology Nutrition and Enteral Nutrition. She is the Oncology Wellness Specialist at Ackerman Cancer Center. Karen enjoys speaking at conferences and workshops, running a nutrition and wellness blog for her patients, and writing articles for Edible Northeast Florida Magazine in which she shares recipes and information about wellness and nutrition.

Hours of Operation

14035 BEACH BLVD #6
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32250

OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK
Classes from morning to evening

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