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Owner - Joan "Jo" Horner
is a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Professional Chef Program. She has extensive experience teaching at Eurostoves, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Williams-Sonoma, and Newton Continuing Education, holds a CCP (Certified Culinary Professional) certification from the "International Association of Culinary Professionals"  and is ServSafe certified.  She IS that person in the grocery store who sees you eyeing the strange vegetable and then tells you exactly how to cook it, or where to find that obscure ingredient you have been seeking. She has a passion for food history and world cuisines, has over 500 cookbooks hogging up her bookshelves and is happy to answer your quirkiest cooking questions. She lives locally with her picky-eater husband and her cats who are quite partial to chicken.

Renee Cavallo
grew up in a large Italian family where food was central to all occasions. Her childhood revolved around food and her early work experiences involved all the duties of her family restaurant. When she has time, she still works in the kitchen of "Venetian Moon", her family's restaurant in Reading. She has a B.A. in Education from Endicott College and has spent over 10 years teaching children. Until May of 2005, she was a beloved teacher at Riverside Children's Center in Newton, MA. She graduated from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts' Culinary Certificate Program in 2005. Renee's dream has always been to combine her love of children and teaching with her passion for cooking. She lives in Newton with her husband Seth and their daughters Penelope and Reese.

James Albright

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Jessica Asbun

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Peter Capodilupo

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Tammy Donroe Inman

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Max Finn
Max is graduate of Johnson & Wales with a degree in Culinary arts and a minor in nutrition. He's worked for local restaurants; Atlantic Fish Company, Tomasso Trattoria and for the DELICIOUS Bon Me Food trucks. He's cooked for the staff and artists at Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport CT and Mountain Jam in Hunter NY.  He'll glady accept bribes of pizza, but please don't offer him cocktail shrimp.  Max loves to travel and besides travelling cross country this year his past journeys have taken him to Singapore, Chang Mai and Bangkok.  And please, don't tell him he looks just like Seth Rogen.

Matt Gershun

Matt Gershun is a Marblehead native. He was raised in a culinarily diverse family - with a Sicilian mother and a Syrian uncle - which inspired his love of food and cooking.  Matt began his formal training under chef Barry Maiden of Cambridge’s Hungry Mother, learning classic french technique and the cooking traditions of the American South.  Later, he would move to San Francisco and work at the Naples-inspired Delfina Pizzeria.   Matt would also go on to cook privately for families in New York City and teach private and community cooking classes. He currently resides with his wife in Marblehead, MA.

Phyllis Hirsch
Phyllis comes to us with a long background in teaching.  8 years as a special education teacher for grades 6 - 12  and 18 years as a first grade teacher all in the Weston school system.  She teaches both the adult and child workshops, the 3 - 5 year old adult and child classes as well as classes for the 6 - 9 age group. 

Donna Keegan
In 1995 a passion for cooking and teaching brought Donna a change of careers, and the start of Carrie Lane Cuisine, a personal chef service and cooking classes. Many clients are still getting weekly meals from her and teaching continues to be a priority.  “There is no better feeling than teaching someone how to make healthy, delicious, food for their friends and families.” Having taught for many years in her home and most recently at
Eurostoves in Beverly, Donna brings with her a wealth of cooking knowledge and an excitement to pass it along to her students.

Jeff Morin

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Maggie Murphy

Maggie is a graduate of Cambridge School of Culinary Arts Certificate Program. After graduating with honors, she jumped into the adventures of the pastry world where she worked for two years as the executive pastry chef at the International Golf and Country Club in Bolton, MA. Her lingering love for people and entertainment has led her here. On the side she is a private chef and a hired entertainer  and singer for children’s birthday parties, weddings , and special events. Her artistic side contributes to making her classes new, fun, and exciting. Just ask her about her princess belle dress and she’ll hand you a business card.

Alycia Miceli
Getting dinner ready for her family was Alycia’s job most days after school.  She enjoyed cooking so much she made the decision to go to culinary school.  Although she loved to cook, finding her place in the kitchen was proving to be more difficult than she thought.  During her internship at the Westin Hotel, she found herself spending a lot time in the pastry department, and everything fell into place.  Since then, she’s worked for Finale, made wedding and specialty cakes for Rosie’s Bakery, was assistant pastry chef at The Catered Affair and currently works at The Quebrada Baking Co. in Wellesley.  Alycia loves seeing people get excited about food, and the confidence kids get when you teach them skills and cooking in the kitchen.

Heather Wish
grew up in a family where food was king.  Her father was the consummate restaurant connoisseur, her younger brother a culinary school graduate, her older brother a sushi chef, one older sister is a cake decorator and her other older sister a food and beverage manager for a major hotel.  A long-time chef to friends and family, she began her official food odyssey by attending the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College with a focus in childhood education.  Professionally, Heather has worked the line at the Finale dessert restaurants and as a pastry chef at Petit Robert Bistro in Boston.  Not to be limited to one area of food, she continues to work as a private chef and caterer and has been inspired by the flavors of Asia on numerous trips to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, and Japan.  Heather always hoped to combine her love of teaching with her love of cooking and finally found the perfect place, Create-a-Cook, where she has been happily working since.  Heather lives in Swampscot with her husband Kyle and her boy Jack with another little one due any day now. (stay tuned)




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