My passion has always been centered around food. From growing my own fruits, veggies and herbs, cooking for and with my friends and family, learning about the history and science behind cooking to becoming a respected culinarian in the field of cooking. If you have that same passion or just an inkling then we need to get together.
I took over cooking full time at 10 when my mother became a single parent. My career path took me into the horticultural business working at Wolfe's Nursery then working at various restaurants until I decided to take culinary classes. I then joined the Navy to pay for college and was talented or lucky enough to work in and run the Command Naval Reserve Force Flag Mess in New Orleans under 7 admirals over 2 tours of duty where my team and I provided everything from continetal breakfasts, lunches for conferences, VIP dinners to catering parties and Change of Command ceremonies.
After the Navy I graduated from the Fort Worth Culinary School. I sell decorated retirement cakes and jams from home, volunteer for Meals on Wheels and teach healthy cooking and nutrition to children in underprivilaged neighborhoods. Currently I'm enrolled at Cornell's Hospitality Certificate Program.
I'd love to pour my knowlege into your cup if you want it!
People, people and people! Everything I do, from my volunteer work to providing my friends and family with food I think they'll love, it's all about sharing and giving.
In a relaxed casual atmosphere, Melissa shared her expertise of making egg rolls. Melissa is a veteran chef with a very friendly manner. She prepared the ingredients ahead of time and explained the process to save time. We rolled the egg rolls together and fried them. Later I would try the left overs in an air fryer. The egg rolls were crispier from the air fryer but I prefer the oil frying. The cooking experience was very educational and enjoyable. This was my second class with her. I’m sure there will be others.
Relaxed atmosphere with a great instructor. Melissa took her time with me giving me step by step instructions. She was very prepared and organized. I came away from the experience feeling confident in my new cooking techniques and ready to try at home.
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20+ years as a Culinary Specialist in the military and civilian side. Graduated from the Culinary School of Fort Worth.
$40 per student per hour plus cost of ingredients. Small groups of up to 4 receive 20% discount.
I believe when I taught my little brother to cook when we were both kids.
Every kind, including those that were forced (military) and those that just wanted to learn. I love teaching the young and old and everyone in between. I also enjoy teaching those with various physical and mental challenges.