Chef Jack turned his passion for cooking and great food from a hobby into a career. After graduating with honors from the culinary program at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Jack jumped into the exciting and diverse world of event catering. Working for the top caterers in the city, he learned to create and execute restaurant-quality dishes in locations as diverse as home kitchens to the wing of an airplane.
Rina is a highly motivated and ambitious chef, focused on Turkish, Mediterranean and International cuisine. After graduating from culinary school in Istanbul, Turkey, she immersed herself in different culinary cultures. Her greatest passion is cooking, teaching, and mentoring individuals who are eager to enhance their palate and improve their culinary abilities. She believes that “food not only nourishes the body, but also feeds the soul”.
Melissa was born with a whisk in her hand. Over the years, her love for cooking and competition has been carefully crafted into an award-winning obsession. Melissa uses her culinary skills to compete in cooking and recipe competitions locally and nationwide. Her craft has earned over 320 State Fair Blue Ribbons, 160 Red Ribbons and titles.
To learn more about Melissa, visit her blog at www.thefrontporchgourmet.wordpress.com.
Bill has taught consumer classes on introduction to wine appreciation and food and wine pairing as well as Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) courses.
Certified Specialist of Wine, French Wine Scholar, Wine and Spirits Educational Trust Level III
As a former restaurateur, catering business owner, and wine wholesale rep, Debbie is firmly grounded in the culinary arts. Debbie is also a certified travel planner and leads many of Vino Venue's trips..
Certified Specialist of Wine
Ophelia Santos, D.W.S., is a veteran of the food and beverage industry and a respected educator. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Law & Diplomacy from Tufts University and a level 4 Diploma with Merit from WSET. She is also an Accredited Instructor for both Burgundy and Bordeaux and teaches at The Art Institute of Atlanta and Kennesaw State University.
Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 4 Diploma (With Merit)
Senior Wine Instructor
Kelly taught his first wine class in 1972 while pursuing dual MS and MBA degrees at Michigan State University. Areas of special interest and expertise include Italy, Germany, Greece, France, and Wine Analysis. Kelly’s passion for wine has taken him to the wine producing regions of the world including France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and California.
Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine, Certified Specialist of Spirits