Chef Stan

The co- founder of Treehouse Kitchen, Stan is also known as ‘Jammin’ Stan’. Stan makes his world-famous jam at Treehouse Kitchen and sells it at farmer’s markets, retail stores, and local coffee shops. Stan is a recovering “techie” and former CEO of several different technology start-ups. Stan is a true Renaissance Man and aside from being a chef, he is an artist, musician, surfer, businessman all around wonderful guy.

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Chef Nikki

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 Jenn

To Chef Jenn, food is medicine. She deeply honors how food nourishes us on different levels of our beings and is keenly interested in how we can learn more about ourselves by listening to our bodies. Jenn has learned and become an expert at gourmet raw foods, cooked vegan and vegetarian foods, ayurvedic foods and specialized postpartum herbs and foods. Her primary goal in her classes is to inspire people into believing that delicious, healthy food can be easy and fun to make!

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chef Tricia

Chef Tricia

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 Christina

Chef Christina is an 8 yr resident of the SD area and a San Francisco native at heart. Growing up, pre Food Network, she grew her love of food watching The Yan Can Cook, The Frugal Gourmet and Jacques Pepin. Christina studied Food Science At UC Davis and found herself wanting to pursue a more personable way to express her passion. She worked her way thru all types of food service jobs to gain experience: Restaurant Hostess, Food Truck Grill Cook, Ice Cream Scooper, and Caterer. Christina found her calling when she got the opportunity to teach cooking and has enjoyed every moment possible that she’s gotten to share her skills.

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Chef Patsy

Chef Patsy

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.

Chef Mark

A classically trained chef for over 20 years. Mark cooks and teaches in every culture and cuisine. He has worked as an industry chef, personal chef, professional bartender, and live in. Mark sold $4.5 million in certified angus beef and is a certified Angus Chef. Mark has an associates degree in culinary arts and studied  in Germany were he received his European wine certificate. He has a bachelors degree in management and recently completed his masters degree in business administration.