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Mike grew up in Apex, and started learning how to cook in high school beginning with simple foods. While he attended Appalachian State University, Mike and his roommates would collectively cook a meal once a week. They named it “Italian Tuesdays” because they mostly cooked Italian foods and it generally occurred on Tuesdays. Mike enjoys seeing kids learning to cook at a young age. “Cooking is a great skill to have for anyone at any age,” he says. “There is a ton of variety in cooking and it's the best way to ensure that you eat healthy.” Favorite ingredient to use: Almost anything that includes Noodles. Favorite food to make: Chicken Alfredo. Favorite dessert: Brownies. Favorite kitchen scent: Chocolate Chip Cookies baking. Favorite Food Network Chef: Guy Fieri
Tammy is originally from New York. She grew up surrounded by great cooks and her house was where everybody gathered for great homemade Polish food! She moved to North Carolina in 1993 with IBM and has become a true Southern girl. She left IBM shortly after the birth of her two children, Kayleigh and Joey. When she’s not at the studio, you can find her at a soccer field, the library, volunteering at her children's school, walking her dog (Chloe) or entertaining at home. Her favorite ingredient to use: Butter. Favorite food to make: Chicken Enchiladas. Favorite dessert: Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies with a tall glass of Milk. Favorite kitchen scent: Fresh baked cookies! Favorite Food Network Chef: The Pioneer Woman.
Favorite ingredient to use: cheese. Favorite food to make: cinnamon bread. Favorite dessert: Hershey's Sundae Pie, but she loves all kinds of pie. Favorite kitchen scent: Vanilla because it reminds her of times cooking with Grandma Terry as a child. Favorite Food Network chef: Alton Brown, because he teaches about different kinds of foods.
AllysonParty, Class and Event Instructor
I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and have only lived in North Carolina since August. I’ll be a senior at Fuquay-Varina High School this fall, and plan on pursuing a career in mechanical engineering. I’ve been cooking and baking my whole life, but have been doing so seriously since quarantine started. This past year I even had the opportunity of student teaching the culinary class at a middle school! If anyone I know needs something to be baked, they ask me to bake it for them, I really enjoy being able to cook and bake things for important events for people I care about! I really enjoy working with the lil' chefs at Flour Power because I love their enthusiasm and willingness to learn how to use everything in the kitchen. It’s super cool to think that at Flour Power we’re able to give people a hobby or passion that can stick with them for the rest of their life! Favorite ingredient to use: Sprinkles. Favorite food to make: Cajun Chicken Alfredo. Favorite dessert: Paula Deen’s butter cake. Favorite kitchen scent: fresh cinnamon rolls. Favorite Food Network Chef: Ree Drummond.
AshleyParty, Class and Event Instructor
Ashley is originally from Killeen, Texas. She moved to Raleigh during middle school when her dad retired from the Army. While attending UNC Charlotte, she loved to bake all kinds of delicious desserts with her roommates. Her favorite thing to make with them was brookies, brownies layered with oreos and chocolate chip cookies. At Flour Power she loves being able to show kids that cooking can not only be educational, but fun too! Her favorite food to make is pasta. Favorite dessert is fudge brownies and her favorite ingredient is cayenne pepper. If you couldn’t tell by the above bio, her favorite kitchen scent is brownies baking in the oven.