Meet Chef Vee
Veronica Flores is a Bronx native, born to Mexican parents. Living in a very diverse neighborhood with a mother who made fresh tortillas regularly, she found a love for food and baking at a very young age. She made her way into a professional kitchen working and learning from acclaimed chefs. Over her 13-year career, Veronica has worked at cafes, catering companies and several NYC restaurants honing her craft and mastering multiple cuisines. She has fed celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Ellie Krieger fashion designer Raf Simmons and Calvin Klein, just to name a few.
In 2016, Veronica competed and won the title of Chopped Champion on The Food Network show, 'Chopped'. Her desserts also made an appearance at Gracie Mansions Latinx reception in 2017 & 2018.
Cari Baumgartner grew up in New Jersey and has always loved science and art. She realized that the two disciplines most perfectly come together in the kitchen and has pursued that path ever since. Past endeavors include creating menus and cooking for the kids at a small school in Seattle, running the galley on a schooner along the coast of Maine and head baker and recipe development for several boutique bakeries in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM. Baking holds a special place in her heart and she especially enjoys trying new flavor combinations and creating delicious treats for various dietary needs. When she steps away from the oven Cari enjoys riding her bicycle, drawing, and hanging out with her giant dog, Floyd. Happy to be home in New Jersey she looks forward to seeing you at the cooking school!