Wynton Mann, CCP – Culinary Instructor
Wynton Mann, founder of Wynton’s World cooking school for the home chef is a native of New York City, chef, food writer, and cooking instructor with educational accomplishments in culinary arts, Spanish & Latin American culture and tourism. Chef Wynton studied Spanish language and culture abroad in Salamanca, Spain before spending nearly 10 years traveling to Spanish speaking countries enjoying the life, food and culture.
Chef Wynton has worked in various restaurants throughout the years improving on his skills as a chef and educator. Chef Wynton still travels extensively to throughout the world, becoming obsessed with global cuisine and staying current with the regional ingredients. Chef Wynton continues to influence the triangle area sharing his passion and love for food, and travel with any and everyone interested.
Norma Kessler – Pastry Instructor
Since she was a six year-old girl growing up with her grandparents, Pastry Chef Norma Kessler had a passion for food. Chef Norma’s grandparents were tortilla makers and ran a café stand (puesto) in Mexico City. By virtue of helping her grandparents, at the age of 11, she learned how to cook; her first dish was arroz con pollo. Additionally, she would help her grandmother make coconut candy, tamales and street food such as empanadas, quesadillas, and sopes.
Prior to moving to Cary, NC in 2008, Chef Norma lived in Los Angles, where she received her formal training and garnered professional experience in various places. While she worked at Little Next Door French Bakery in Los Angeles, she delved in to pastries, a new arena for her at the time. The pastry chef had recently left, and with little experience, Chef Norma decided to go back to school to study pastries and specialty breads. Chef Norma’s repertoire expanded as she began helping her friends in bakeries, decorating cakes, making breads, and spending three months in Paris learning how to make bread. She also took an intensive professional bread and pastry course at the San Francisco Baking Institute with Lionel Vatinet (owner of the local La Farm Bakery), and Brian Woods, owner of Stater Bakery in San Francisco. In 2010, Chef Norma became the pastry chef at The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC and continues to run her own business, Sweet Arielle Bakery.
Sarisa Cordell – Culinary Instructor
A native of Bangkok, Thailand, Sarisa started her culinary journey 22 years ago as an apprentice under Master Chef Mizo Yatsui at Maiko Japanese Restaurant in South Beach, Fl. During this time she honed her knife skills and strove for excellence in mastering true Japanese cuisine. Soon after she accepted the Head Kitchen Chef position at Sushi Rock South Beach. Here she cooked for famous patrons such as Madonna and punk rockers Green Day.
Sarisa then moved to Atlanta, Ga to help open another Sushi Rock Restaurant. It was soon after relocating that she decided to challenge herself and “get back to her roots” by learning the secrets of authentic Thai cooking. She began working at Tamarind in 1997 under chef/owner Nan Niyomkul. Here Sarisa learned how to prepare various curry dishes, spice infused appetizers and wok style creations such as Thailand’s beloved national dish, Pad Thai.
After some time, she moved back to Florida to help her family open Hamachi Thai-Sushi restaurant located in Coral Springs, FL. Sarisa found that teaching and sharing her knowledge inspired her even more. It was then that she decided teaching was the next natural step in her journey.
Luisa Moreno – Youth Culinary Instructor
Luisa’s passion is working with children and their families in different environments, and now it’s time for the kitchen. In 2008 She graduated from College with degrees in Psychology and Anthropology and immediately started working as a Bilingual Home Visitor. Luisa has 5 years of experience working with children and caregivers in their home environment sharing information on development, nutrition, health and ways for parents to become active participants in their children’s development by becoming their child’s first teacher!
She has a Two year old son (Alejandro) who has challenged her culinary skills to the limit and has awakened a new passion for creating and recreating wholesome and healthy recipes that she can enjoy cooking along with him.
Healthy and wholesome eating habits are learned early in life! Sharing meal prep time with our children is as important and vital as ever, and this is a perfect opportunity to learn fantastic techniques, recipes and make cooking a delicious, fun and teachable experience. She can’t wait to see you and your child in her class and let the fun times begin!
Lily Lanehart – Cake Decoration Instructor
Since she was a child Lily has always been obsessed with cake decorating and baking. After experimenting in her own kitchen, she got her first bakery job at the age of 16. She was hooked! She worked her way through college at a bakery in Southern Illinois while earning a B.S. degree in Marketing. Since then, she has worked in professional bakeries all over the triangle. She finally found a place to call home at Once in a Blue Moon Bakery since 2001.
Lily loves cake decorating and sharing her passion with adults and kids of all levels who are interested in learning this amazing craft. After 21 years of commercial bakery experience, she’s got plenty of tricks up her sleeve and looks forward to sharing them with you!
Nancy Chinnock – Cake Decoration Instructor
Nancy started decorating cakes for her family and friends in 1971. She is a self-taught decorator, who has also studied under some of the most distinguished cake artists and teachers in the industry. Nancy established a cake decorating business in the metropolitan Washington DC area in 1981. From 1991 – 2012, she had one of the largest wedding cake shops in the Washington/Northern Virginia/Baltimore area. She won first place in the Wedding Cake Division and third place overall in the inaugural National Retail Bakers Cake Decorating competition held in Washington DC in 2000. She has provide cakes for Fortune 500 companies, authors, celebrities, politicians, First Ladies and two Presidents of the United States. Nancy sold her business after 30 years to move to North Carolina to be closer to her grandchildren.
She continues to decorate cakes and enjoy creating new designs for her grandchildren’s birthdays, but also love doing the occasional wedding cake for a client now and then. To keep herself busy and continue to do what she loves, Nancy teaches classes for Wynton’s World Cooking School.
Aris Ragouzeos – Sommelier
Aris Ragouzeos has been a wine consultant, newsletter/web site author and wine course instructor for The Wine Merchant since 1981. Aris wrote the wine column for The News and Observer for two years, circa 1990, and has been a judge at the NC State Fair Wine Competition since 2001. Aris appeared on the daily cable television show, Carolina Cooking for three years as the wine with food pairing consultant from 2004-2006 and wrote the wine with food pairing notes for their book ‘Carolina Cooking’.
Since the late 1980’s Aris has conducted private home wine tasting lectures. Aris currently teaches the wine appreciation course for the Wake Tech Culinary Department and wine workshops for Wynton’s World Cooking School.
Natalie Meador – Nutritionist & Dietician
Natalie has over 19 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics. Natalie began her clinical career within the Good Health Center in Baltimore, MD where she counseled recent heart attack and stroke survivors in addition to counseling people with diabetes, GI disorders and other general health issues. Natalie also worked for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. In 2004, Natalie began to work for the NC Division of Public Health, Nutrition Services Branch as a nutrition consultant. During the next 9 years, Natalie helped to educate public health nutritionists throughout the state in the areas of pediatric nutrition and maternal health and wellness. In 2013, Natalie started Natalie Meador Nutrition in order to better serve the Triangle area and to help individuals create personalized healthy eating plans that fit their busy lifestyles. As a mother of two, Natalie understands first-hand the challenges of providing healthy meals and snacks to a busy family. She is passionate about helping people understand that healthy cooking is key to delicious meals and a trimmer waist line.