Tucson Mural at Epic Rides by Joe Pagac

Tucson’s Favorite Chefs

Meet Your Teachers

Tucson was the first U.S. City of Gastronomy named by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), honoring Southern Arizona’s 4,000-year food heritage and extraordinary culinary professionals. These skilled creatives - restaurant chefs to pastry artists to artisan bakers - will help you develop your skills, grow your creativity, and bring their tricks of the trade to your kitchen.

Jackie Alpers, Author, Photographer
Jackie Alpers
Author, Food Photographer
Chef Judith Baigent-King
Judith A. Baigent-King, CCP
Teaching Chef, Food Writer, Author
Chef Christopher Baldwin, Gallery of Food
Christopher Baldwin
Chef, Gallery of Food
Pastry Chef Marianne Banes
Marianne Banes
Pastry Chef, Kingfisher Bar & Grill
Chef Tommy Begay III
Tommy Begay III
Chef, Sushi on Oracle/Sushi Consultant, Flora’s Market Run
Mark Beres, Flying Leap Vineyards
Mark Beres
President & CEO, Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery
Chef Mat Cable
Mat Cable
Chef/Owner, Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria, First We Eat Catering and Confections; Z Mansion house caterer; Partner, Dante’s Fire; Co-owner, Zio Peppe; Gastronomic Union of Tucson
Chef Riley Chandler
Riley Chandler
Co-Founder & Executive Chef, Stancato’s Italiano Sonoran
Chef Chris DeSimone
Chris DeSimone
Chef, Foodie, Radio Host
Chef Rocco DiGrazia
Rocco DiGrazia
Chef/Owner, Rocco’s Little Chicago
Jax Donahue, Brand Ambassador, Whiskey del Bac
Jax Donahue
Brand Ambassador, Whiskey del Bac
Pastry Chef Kayla Draper
Kayla Draper
Corporate Pastry Chef, Ares Collective: Prep & Pastry, Commoner & Co., Flora's Market Run
Chef Michael Elefante, Mama Louisa's
Michael Elefante
Executive Chef & Co-Owner, Mama Louisa's
Chef Carlotta Flores, El Charro
Carlotta Flores
Chef/Owner, El Charro Cafe, Charro Steak, Charro del Rey, Charrovida
Gourmet Girls
Susan Fulton & Mary Steiger
Chef/Co-owners, Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery & Bistro
William Garnick and Dani Williams
Thomas Garnick & Dani Williams
Chef and Designer, Graze + Provisions
Chef Wnndy Gauthier
Wendy Gauthier
Chef/Owner, Chef Chic Café, Personal Chef and Caterer
Iron Chef C J Hamm
CJ Hamm
Executive Chef/Owner, Saguaro Corners & Executive Chef/Owner, Mulligan's Sports Grill
Chef Miguel Heredia
Miguel Heredia
Executive Chef, El Charro Café
Chef Gary Hickey
Gary Hickey
Chef/Partner, Flores Concepts and Sí Charro Restaurants
Chef Obadiah Hindman
Obadiah ``Obie`` Hindman
Obadiah ``Obie`` Hindman, Executive Chef, Mountain Oyster Club & Gastronomic Union of Tucson
Chef John Hohn
John Hohn
Executive Chef, Culinary Arts Director/Instructor, GAP Ministries
Chef Barry Infuso
Barry Infuso
Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Educator
Chef Kristine Jensen, Gallery of Food
Kristine Jensen
Chef/Owner, Gallery of Food
Nancy Jimmerson, Genie Gekas Patterson
Nancy Jimmerson & Genie Gekas Patterson
Cooking Aficionados
Jan Johnson, Farmer/Owner, Mill River Farm
Jan Johnson and Rosa
Farmer/Owner, Mill River Farm and Livestock Guardian Dog
Chef Jonathan Landeen
Jonathan Landeen
Chef/Owner, Jonathan’s Cork
Chef Aaron Manuyag
Chef Aaron Manuyag
Executive Pastry Chef, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Mixologist Jeff Marron
Mixologist Jeff Marron
Hacienda Corona Bed & Breakfast
Chef Daniel Martinez, Cafe Francais
Daniel Martinez
Chef/Co-owner Café Francais Boulangerie & Patisserie
Chef Maria Mazon
Maria Mazon
Executive Chef/Owner, BOCA Tacos y Tequila
Chef Elizabeth Mikesell
Elizabeth Mikesell
Certified Executive Chef, Educator
Chef Jim Murphy, Kingfisher
Jim Murphy
Chef/Co-owner, Kingfisher Bar & Grill
Cookbook Author Carolyn Niethammer
Carolyn Niethammer
Cookbook Author/Writer
Chef Kyle Nottingham
Kyle Nottingham
Chef/Partner, Ares Collective: Prep & Pastry, Commoner & Co., August Rhodes Bakery, Flora's Market Run
Chef Carolyn O'Connor
Carolyn O’Connor
Owner/Chef, Ceres Pasta+Bread
Alison Ozgur, RDN
Alison Ozgur
MAT, MHS, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Christa Parsons, Owner, Dogs-n-Donuts
Christa Parsons
Owner, Dogs-n-Donuts
Stephen Paul, Founder Hamilton Distillers
Stephen Paul
Founder, Hamilton Distillers – Whiskey del Bac
Chef Travis Peters
Travis Peters
Executive Chef/Co-owner, The Parish
Executive Chef David Sanner
Devon Sanner
Chef/Co-owner, Zio Peppe & Gastronomic Union of Tucson
Chef Gina Skelton
Gina Skelton
Pastry Chef/Owner, Sugar Momma Cakery
Chef Brian Smith
Brian Smith
Executive Chef, Maynards Market & Kitchen
Pastry Chef Shelli Soto
Shelli Soto
Executive Pastry Chef, Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
Emilie Thompson, Co-Owner Plaza Liquors
Emilie Thomson
Co-Owner, Plaza Liquors
Jackie Tran of Tucson
Jackie Tran
Food Writer, Photographer, Chef
Chef Warren Weeks, Miraval
Warren Weekes
Director Culinary Operations & Executive Chef, Miraval Arizona
Chef Janos Wilder
Janos Wilder
Chef/Owner, The Carriage House & Chair, Tucson City of Gastronomy Board of Directors
Flying Aprons Tucson Chefs

What to expect:

Professional Instruction

Our chefs and other food and beverage professionals are the creatives whose passion and talent for cooking and experience in the kitchen helped put the Tucson food scene on the map and bring so much flavor to the region.

A Welcoming Environment

We want you to enjoy your experience and be excited to get cooking! In-person and Zoom classes are taught by our brilliant chefs and food and drink pros. When you join us virtually, we’ll provide all the instructions you’ll need to purchase ingredients, prepare your cooking space and get set up with Zoom. For menus that involve hard-to-find or exotic ingredients we offer Ready-To-Go Kits, which you'll purchase at Shopify when you register, pickup before class or have shipped. Bon Appetit!