Since 1990, Chef Nikki Schaeffer has explored the culinary spectrum. She holds a degree in Baking and Pastry Science from Johnson & Wales University. In 2001, Nikki was hired by an upscale restaurant in southern California. She spent the next 13 years as a corporate Pastry Chef while running her own catering company. In 2014, she semi-retired and became a private consultant for restauranteurs. Known for her boisterous personality, as well as her willingness and desire to pass on everything she has learned as a Chef. She loves all her work and celebrating the art and science of cooking.
Chef Tricia believes that food fuels our bodies and our spirit. It’s how we relate to wherever we are that day. Chef Tricia is the founder of Sherpa Energy Squares. Her past life includes the Pastry kitchens at Four Seasons Aviara, the Lodge at Torrey Pines, Chuao Chocolatier and most recently Lofty Coffee Company. As Pastry Chef she created a custom in-house menu, then developed the kitchen for daily high volume production in everything from gluten free muffins to croissants and brioche. Her passion for creating and sharing great food continues through teaching.
Chef Patsy Bentivegna, a recent Food Network Champ on Bakers vs. Faker has worked at some of San Diego and LA’s top restaurants, hotels, catering companies and cooking schools, such as Sur La Table. Her 30 years of experience have created an expertise that is exhibited in her classes along with a passion for cooking. Teaching cooking classes and sharing her toolbox of cooking techniques is her way of “giving back! “ Chef Patsy’s mission to inspire people to cook for their career advancement or in the home! Nothing gives her more joy than to boost her student's confidence in their cooking skills and instill a newfound passion for food.