Veronica Flores is a Bronx native born to Mexican parents. Living in a very diverse neighborhood and a mother who made fresh tortillas regularly she found a love for food at a very young age. Not only did she find her love for cooking but baking as well. Although she took the corporate route she made her way into a professional kitchen working and learning from acclaimed Chefs. Over her 13yr career Veronica has worked through cafes, catering companies and several NYC restaurants developing her craft for not just one cuisine but mastering multiple cuisines. While cooking in restaurants she fed celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher, Ellie Krieger fashion designer Raf Simmons and Calvin Klein just to name a few.
In 2016 Veronica went on to compete and win title of Chopped Champion on The Food Network show Chopped. Her desserts also made an appearance at Gracie Mansions LatinX reception in 2017 & 2018.
Lany Phlong grew up in Florida and was immersed in Cambodian culture and food. Dissatisfied with a career in advertising, she decided to pursue her passion for food full time. In 2011, she traveled throughout South East Asia for six months reconnecting with her roots and exploring her love for food. During those few months, she studied in Asian flavors and techniques indigenous to the various countries she visited. Upon her return, Lany has hosted various supper clubs, founded her own catering company and worked in many NYC restaurants.
Cari Baumgartner grew up in the woods of New Jersey and has always loved science and art. After studying them in college she realized that the two disciplines most perfectly come together in the kitchen, especially in the form of baking. Always an avid home baker and cook, she found herself making menus and cooking for the kids at a school in Seattle, followed by running the galley on a schooner along the coast of Maine, and more recently baking and recipe development for several Mom and Pop bakeries in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, NM. When she steps away from the oven Cari enjoys riding her bicycle, drawing, and hanging out with plants. Happy to be home in New Jersey she looks forward to seeing you at the cooking school!