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Who is behind the educational success of Culinary Kids?

Meet the skilled staff who put their hearts and time into our community! At Culinary Kids, our goal is to develop and connect with kids and families. To make that happen, we need a team of dedicated, qualified staff. Certifications, advanced training, and continued education ensures that our staff is always up-to-date with fresh ideas, sound teaching principles, and great new recipes!

Maddy Antrainer

Birthday Party and Camp Lead Instructor

Miss Maddy is a freshman at LSU studying theater, but in between being a superstar on stage and playing Animal Crossing, she’s a Program Instructor with us! She’s a dog mom to her puppy, Olive, and she really loves butterflies (although Olive disagrees). Her favorite part of working at Culinary Kids is her staff: she’s good friends with the people she works alongside. Of course, she also loves hiding in the hidey-hole and scaring Miss Sherrí, but that’s a story for another day. You might see her leading a science experiment at camp or making pizza in the shape of a heart at a birthday party, but no matter what, you’re sure to see her with a smile.

Carole Pinson

Special Needs Instructor, Resource Para

For Miss Carole, Culinary Kids really is a family. She’s loved working with all the young people at Culinary Kids, but she’s especially grateful to be able to work alongside her daughter, Miss Emily. Her experience as a resource para at Woodlake Elementary School makes her more than qualified to lead our All Abilities program, where she works with individuals with disabilities to teach cooking alongside transferable skills such as teamwork and etiquette. She loves working with children and young adults because they make her laugh, and she says they don’t overthink things as much as adults do. Miss Carole is clever and kind, and we’re so happy to have her as a part of the Culinary Kids family.

Melissa Wallace


Field Trip Instructor

Miss Melissa is a big proponent of curiosity and creativity, which makes her an incredible field trip instructor. She’s created and published coloring books based on cities across the country, but she loves living in Louisiana. She’s been a teacher and a restaurant owner, so she considers Culinary Kids a great opportunity to combine her interests in education, crafting, and cooking. She enjoys working for our small business because she is an entrepreneur herself, running a print and crafting company from her home. She loves Disney, but that makes sense because she brings a little bit of magic to everything she does!

Stacy Ladousier

Field Trip Manager 

Miss Stacy’s yellow brick road led her right here to Culinary Kids, and we’re so glad it did. The Wizard of Oz fan has taught speech language pathology, and she took those teaching skills here, where she manages our field trip programs. From creating comprehensive curriculum to spearheading our virtual field trip program, Miss Stacy has her hands full. We’re beyond happy to have her here because, despite what her favorite movie may suggest, Miss Stacy has a heart of gold, a brilliant brain, and the courage to always try something new!

Telly Cull

Program Instructor 

Miss Telly is a bit of a mad scientist! Her favorite thing about working at Culinary Kids is how we combine cooking and science (which makes a lot of sense, because a lot of cooking is science). When she’s not busy with Culinary Kids, she’s a substitute teacher. She loves working with children because they’re just as inquisitive as she is, and they’re always eager to learn. They're also silly, so they didn't mind when she once dropped a whole pizza on the floor! Of course, that only happened once: now she's extra careful every time she goes to put something in the oven. For Miss Telly, being able to cook and teach all at the same time is a win-win, and together, you're sure to whip up something delicious.

Jill Rodriguez

Cooking Class Instructor

Miss Jill is quite the creative type: when she’s not at Culinary Kids, she volunteers at 30x90, where she helps build the sets. She certainly brings that creative, hands-on energy to work as a Cooking Class Instructor and and Outreach Assistant. Her favorite thing about working here is the relationships that she creates with coworkers and students alike. Miss Jill is more than happy to create memories that will stay with her students for life. At school, she also participates in the Fontainebleau High School choir, and when she’s here with us, we’re so happy we could sing!

Misty Marks

Lead Chef

Chef Misty’s favorite Disney princess is Belle, which isn’t surprising. They’re both bright bookworms with so much to offer to those around them. Chef Misty brings so much to our stainless-steel teaching table. She’s worked in the restaurant industry for 18 years, 17 of which were in the kitchen, and she has a degree in Culinary Arts and a certification in Pastry Arts from Delgado. Like Belle, she loves to learn, and even now, she’s in the process of completing a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Culinary Kids is perfect for her because it allows her to combine her passion for the kitchen with her love of children. Chef Misty uses her skills to instruct our advanced cooking class and our adult programs, and we’re sure her food will make you want to Be Our Guest!

Emma Phillipus

Cooking Class Manager

Miss Emma is a little bit of a superstar. After taking our Culinary Kids Advanced Cooking Classes, Miss Emma was featured on an episode of Top Chef Junior and won the Southern Girls Cook-off sponsored by NOLA.com. Now, she’s our Advanced Cooking Class manager, helping other students to follow in her footsteps! When she’s not cooking up something amazing, she’s a student at Hannan High School and participates on the volleyball team. She considers herself a bit of a nerd because her favorite two movies are Marvel’s Ironman and Spider-Man. Her favorite Culinary Kids memory is making a calzone that was nearly two feet long!

Ashley Kott

Program Instructor

Miss Ashley K is a ray of sunshine, and she says that’s because her work at Culinary Kids is so rewarding: she learns as she teaches new skills, and she always leaves feeling fulfilled. As a mother, she wishes she could stop time, just so she could take that extra nap whenever she needs it. Still, it’s clear she makes the most of her time here, working programs like our special needs classes, adult programs, and outreach events. She has a history of working in the food industry and helped run The Supperdome food truck in New Orleans, and she’s brought all of those skills right here to Culinary Kids. We couldn’t be happier to have her.

Ashley Marx

Parents' Night Out Manager

Miss Ashley M loves a good “aha!” moment, which is part of why she has so much fun working at Culinary Kids. She works everything from camp to birthdays to Parents’ Night Out, which she manages, and she’s one of the most supportive, silly people we’ve ever met. When she’s not cheering on her students, she trades in her apron for pom-poms at LA Tech. She plans on working with children for the rest of her life, and she’s studying to be an early childhood or elementary teacher. She makes an impact on all of the kids here at Culinary Kids, and we’re so excited to see all the lives she’s sure to change in the classroom.