Our Team - JAX Cooking Studio

Our Team

Our Team

Skilled Health and Culinary Professionals

JAX Cooking Studio classes are developed by professionals who are skilled at making education and cooking fun and memorable. Our team will provide you with practical tips and tons of support on your path to confidence in the kitchen.

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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 as you develop cooking skills to use in your own kitchen. 

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Our Instructors

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

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!

 

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14035 BEACH BLVD #6
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32250

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
CLASSES FROM MORNING TO EVENING