Our Family

You’ll love cooking with our Chefs, who have extensive backgrounds in culinary arts.  
 
Chef Eda Martin, who received her culinary degree from the Art Institute of California, also holds a Master of Science in Nutrition and is a Registered Dietitian. She has served for many years as Chef Instructor at the International Culianry School at the Art Institute. Eda was Executive Chef for Corporate Development for Ginza Hibachi Grill & Sushi, and was Executive Chef for the Bread Bar Restaurant Group. She was the Director of Child Nutrition Services, and was the Chef/Dietitian for El Segundo and Inglewood Unified School Districts respectively.
 
Chef Mitchell Frieder has been in the restaurant business for over 43 years, first in the dining room, as Captain for Donald Trump’s restaurant, Trumpets, and for Leona Helmsley’s New York Harley Hotel. In the kitchen, Mitchell opened the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco whose restaurant Silks was voted to be one of the best in the city. He then created Downtown Bistro, in Lancaster, CA which was voted to be in the Top-20 Restaurants by the L.A. Times. He has owned Max Catering at the Antelope Valley Country Club since 1999. Mitchell has been a Chef Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena, and taught at the International Culinary School at the Art Institute for 13 years. He regularly goes to Shanghai to help culinary instructors there improve their Western cooking skills.
 
Chef Dominique Fournier grew up in his uncle’s bakery in Corsica, France. After moving to Paris, France, He was trained in the culinary arts at the Ecole Hoteliers de Paris. Dominique worked in many restaurants for many years in the French countryside before traveling to work in Africa’s Ivory Coast, then Washington, D.C., before settling in Southern California. He was a Chef Instructor at the International Culinary Schools at the Art Institute for 9 years.
 
“We teach everything from basic knife skills to advanced molecular gastronomy classes.  Whatever your passion or experience, you’ll find the right class.”