Skilled Health and Culinary Professionals
A Hands-On Experience
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.
INSTRUCTOR, SUMMER CAMPS
Denise Myers has been educating children in Jacksonville for decades and has enjoyed creating inspired culinary feasts for pleasure in her spare time. This summer, she is delighted to combine her love of teaching with her passion for cooking to educate a new generation of chefs in JAX Cooking Studio summer camps!
Takecia grew up fascinated by the different flavors and techniques used by her adventurous father in the kitchen. After serving in the Navy, she pursued this fascination by attending culinary school. Upon being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Takecia became a registered nurse and now has a mission to change the world one healthy plate at a time!
Jeff Parker a classically trained chef who has been at the forefront of industry innovation ever since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. Growing up on a farm in central Maine, Chef Parker relies on local, fresh, sustainably-sourced ingredients to skillfully prepare fish and seafood, sushi, and delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes. Chef Parker is a story-teller at heart, fascinating guests with the history of the food being prepared while expertly teaching them culinary techniques.
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.
CHEF, CHILD PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Chef Aisha Gross was born and raised Houston, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson and Wales University. Ever since she enrolled in culinary school, she dreamed of working with children in the kitchen. According to Aisha, cooking is not only fun, but is a fundamental skill that every child should learn before leaving the nest.
GUEST SPEAKER, BREAST 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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