Bobbi grew up in Illinois & moved to North Carolina in 2007. She went to Eastern Illinois University to earn her Bachelor's & Master's degrees. She teaches Food & Nutrition at a local high school. She has 2 college-aged sons. Bobbi loves spending time in the kitchen with anyone eager to learn! FAVORITE INGREDIENT: cheese FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: Mac & Cheese FAVORITE DESSERT: Angel Food Cake FAVORITE TV CHEF: The Pioneer Woman BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Anything her Mom or Grandmas cooked! BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Keep practicing! Never give up!
Savannah grew up in North Carolina & attends a local charter school. She has volunteered at Discovery Place Kids & Huntersville Elementary. She was also a camp counselor. Savannah enjoys cooking & reading. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: chocolate chips or cinnamon FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: lasagna or any other pasta dish FAVORITE DESSERT: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream FAVORITE TV CHEF: Ree Drummond (Pioneer Woman) BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: When her best friend came over & they made homemade pizzas for the first time, followed by ice cream sundaes! BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Skills come with practice, so don't be too hard on yourself! Just do your best & have fun with cooking!
Sha grew up in Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!). She was an elementary school teacher for 14 years. She enjoys cooking, reading, the beach, & time spent with friends, family & her lazy (but cute) English Bulldog. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: cumin FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: chicken tacos or pasta FAVORITE DESSERT: brownie fudge sundae FAVORITE TV CHEF: Ina Garten BEST FOOD RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Making Thanksgiving dinner with her Grandma & Aunt D BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Read the recipe, but don't be afraid to tweak it to your taste!
Deanna grew up in Huntington Beach, California. She was a high school mentor at Saddleback Church in Irvine, CT before moving to Charlotte. She's married & has two children. Deanna is also a Preschool Teacher. She loves baking with her kids & the children she babysits. She loves trying new things! FAVORITE INGREDIENT: butter FAVORITE SAVORY FOODS: mashed potatoes with chicken, corn & gravy FAVORITE DESSERT: lemon bars BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Her Grandma's chicken sandwiches- She'd peel the tomatoes & make the best turkey sandwiches!
Joiya is from Raleigh, but recently moved to Charlotte to attend college. She's been cooking since the age of 5 when she started baking with her Grandmother. She has also taken cooking classes when she was younger. She really enjoys cooking with her younger cousins during the holidays. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: chocolate FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: chicken tenders FAVORITE DESSERT: cupcakes BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: making cupcakes with her Grandmother BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Don't over mix your batter!
Sarah is originally from California, but moved to North Carolina when she was 7. Sarah is also a Preschool Teacher. She loves cooking, baking, spending time with her husband, & collecting vintage items. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Garlic FAVORITE DESSERTS: Ice Cream & Tiramisu BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Bonding in the kitchen with her Mom while helping cook & bake. FAVORITE T.V. CHEFS: Giada De Laurentis & Gordon Ramsey BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Never be afraid to make mistakes! Learn from them & keep trying!
Eric is from Massachusetts & moved to North Carolina in 1997 to escape the New England winters. When not at Flour Power, Eric manages an elementary school cafeteria. He has been a food service manager for almost 20 years in schools, hospitals, casual fine dining & a pizza shop. He has also worked as a scratch baker, soccer referee, ice cream maker & mortgage broker. He enjoys sports & he loves cooking for his family! He is almost always ready to share awesome Dad jokes too! FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Butter FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: Tuscan Butter Shrimp FAVORITE DESSERT: Banana Split BEST FOOD RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Cooking on Thanksgiving with his Mother & Grandmother FAVORITE T.V. CHEF: Anthony Bourdain ("Good food is very often, even most often, simple food. Food brings people together." BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Keep it simple, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Find a recipe you can understand & follow & give it a try. You can totally do it!
Dakota was born in Connecticut, but has lived in North Carolina since he was a pre-schooler. He attends a local high school where he is part of the soccer team & ROTC Program. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Bacon FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: Cheeseburger FAVORITE DESSERT: Ice Cream FAVORITE T.V. CHEF: Gordon Ramsey BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Practice!
Sarah is from Charlotte. She attends a local high school, volunteers at church & also at DPK! She loves spending time with her family, friends, & dog. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Sugar FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: Spaghetti & Meatballs FAVORITE DESSERT: Chocolate Cake BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Cooking dinner with her sister while listening to Taylor Swift songs. FAVORITE T.V. CHEF: Buddy Valastro BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Follow the instructions the first couple of times you make something. After that, make it your own by adjusting ingredients to what you like.
Christian grew up in Burlington, NC. She completed her undergraduate studies at UNCC & received a Schoo Psychology degree from Winthrop University. She has worked for a local school district for 23 years! Christian actively volunteers with her church, Girls on the Run group, & recently graduated a Girl Scout troop that began over a decade ago. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Onions & Garlic, FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: Homemade Alfredo Sauce FAVORITE DESSERT: Anything with Chocolate BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Cooking with her grandmothers - cubed steak, stewed squash, homemade chocolate pound cake, angel biscuits, cucumber sandwiches & homemade ice cream! FAVORITE T.V. CHEF: Paula Dean BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Take a recipe then put your personal spin on it with ingredients you love - the rewards are worth the risk in most cases!
Madison is a college student studying to be a Mechanical Engineer. She loves working with children & also works as gymnastics coach. She volunteers her time to work with students with special needs at her church. She loves cooking with her family & trying new recipes. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Parmesan Cheese FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: Pan Asian Salmon from Bonefish Grill FAVORTIE DESSERT: Cheesecake BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Having bake-off with one of her childhood friends. She made a red velvet cupcake shaped cake with cream cheese filling. FAVORITE T.V. CHEF: Bobby Flay on Chopped BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Make a recipe your own!
Ella attends a local high school. She enjoys working with children and also babysits. Ella enjoys spending time with her family and 3 younger siblings. She loves baking, cooking, trying new recipes & eating them! FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Cream Cheese FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: Chicken Salad FAVORITE DESSERT: Cheesecake FAVORITE T.V. CHEF: Rachael Ray BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Don't be afraid to try new things & experiment with different ingredients. The kitchen is a fun place!
Lauren is from Winston-Salem & holds a Master's Degree in Business Management. She has worked as a Nanny & in the school system as both a Preschool Teacher & volunteer. She loves her pets (dogs & cats) & often pet sits. She enjoys spending time with her husband, 2 sons, & meeting up fellow Doodle owners during Charlotte Doodle Romp Group activities. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: Chocolate FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: BBQ/Rib Sauce FAVORITE DESSERT: Ice Cream BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: Lauren has a cousin who was former President Reagan's personal chef who often cooked for the family too- especially delicious holiday meals! FAVORITE T.V. CHEF: Anthony Bourdain BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Always add extra to fruit to a cobbler!
Tatiana is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University. When she's not teaching at Flour Power, she teaches culinary classes at her alma mater, West Mecklenburg High. Tatiana is one of 5 children & has 3 children of her own. She enjoys cooking & giving back to the community to bring future Little Chefs into the hospitality community. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: salt (You can't go wrong with salt!) FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: Asian-Inspired Food FAVORITE DESSERT: cheesecake BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: watching her dad create beautiful cakes & watching the customers' faces light up! FAVORITE T.V. CHEF: Buddy Valastro ("Cake Boss") BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: It's OK to make mistakes! It's through this learning curve that you create something totally unique.
Savannah is a college student from West Virginia. She is pursuing her Elementary Education & Special Education degrees & will graduate soon! Savannah enjoys cooking, baking, dancing, & playing with her Goldendoodle. Prior to joining the Flour Power team, Savannah was a competitive dancer for 10 years & dance teacher. FAVORITE INGREDIENT: onions FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: mac & cheese FAVORITE DESSERT: ice cream BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: making homemade apple pies with my grandmother FAVORITE TV CHEFS: Christina Tosi & Gordon Ramsay BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Don't be afraid to experiment with a variety of ingredients - especially ones that are unfamiliar!
Laura is a graduate of Michigan State University - Go Spartans! She teaches high school culinary classes & raised three grown children. She enjoys creating her own recipes, running, the beach & DIY Pinterest projects. Laura believes that some of life's best memories are made while cooking! FAVORITE INGREDIENT: garlic FAVORITE SAVORY FOOD: sautéed shrimp with garlic FAVORITE DESSERT: dark chocolate BEST FOOD-RELATED CHILDHOOD MEMORY: ice cream sundaes for breakfast on Christmas morning FAVORITE T.V. CHEF: Giada BEST ADVICE FOR NEW COOKS: Re-read your recipe before you step into the kitchen.