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2017 Biographies — Culinary Arts

Meadow Bailey

Meadow Bailey

Meal Prep

Meadow Bailey is an accredited public relations specialist who is also passionate about food and wine. Known for her detailed planning and organization skills, she has developed a system for keeping her family fed with healthy and tasty home cooked meals, even during the busy work week. Meadow was born and raised in Fairbanks and is an active member of the community.


Stephen Beazer

Stephen Beazer

BBQ/grill

Chef Stephen Beazer graduated from the UAF CTC Culinary Arts and Hospitality program with an AAS Degree and has over 20 years of restaurant experience. Stephen has a passion for BBQ and has competed in numerous barbeque competitions, as well as created his own line of BBQ sauces. He specializes in grilling, marinated and fusing international flavors. Currently the head chef at Mushers Café in downtown Fairbanks, Stephen is an active member of the community and local food scene.


Sean Christopherson

Sean Christopherson

Midwestern Cuisine

Chef Sean Christopherson has been working in restaurants since he was a teenager. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago for jazz guitar in 2008 he unexpectedly started working full time in kitchens. With over 9 years of experience in the Chicago area, Sean enjoys the challenge of staying creative with Chicago’s relatively limited supply of seasonal ingredients. Sean currently works as Sous Chef at the acclaimed restaurant TWO, in the River West District of Chicago. He is a recipient of the Michelin guide’s Bib Gourmand accreditation and is passionate about teaching and using local ingredients. Sean’s passion for food and hospitality continues to grow and thrive in Chicago’s world class restaurant scene.


Natasha Cummings

Natasha Cummings

Caribbean Cuisine

Natasha Cummings is a native of St Vincent & the Grenadines and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her interest in food started way back in her childhood. As a child, she was taught about the special Caribbean food ingredients, how to prepare and cook them by her mom. All of her recipes are influenced from different Caribbean Islands. Natasha has been sharing her Caribbean Cuisine with the Fairbanks community, and she is the proud owner of Tasha’s Caribbean Cuisine & Catering. Join Natasha as she continues sharing her love and passion for cooking while inspiring others to get in the kitchen and create wholesome meals with lots of love.


Danielle Flaherty

Danielle Flaherty

Vegan/Gluten Free

Danielle Flaherty received her culinary degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She recently joined the team at The Bread Line, Inc. as a Chef Instructor for Stone's Throw Culinary Training Program where she shares her passion for food and love of the food service industry with adults who are experiencing barriers to employment. Danielle previously worked in partnership with Alaska Farm to School and her original recipes are bringing Alaskan foods to Alaskan kids all over the state still today. She took the title of Grand Champion in the 2015 UAF Chef's Challenge at the Museum. Danielle enjoys the challenges of allergen and special diet friendly cooking. She is excited for the opportunity to share her enthusiasm.


Jo Heckman

Jo Heckman

Indian Cuisine

Retired Banker and currently runs a small business consulting firm. Born and raised in India, Jo moved to Fairbanks in 1975 and graduated from UAF with a BBA degree in 1979, and MBA in 1985. Her passion for cooking stems from the early days of childhood, watching her grandmother cook. Jo’s mother, Asha Lal, is also an accomplished cook having taught Asian and Oriental Cooking through the Tanana Valley community college for sixteen years. Good food and cooking is a journey and one that is continuously evolving and changing. Jo loves to cook all types of cuisines, but finds herself cooking Indian food more often than not. Jo leans more towards fresh and healthy preparations. She is happiest in the produce aisle.


Jeremy Howard

Jeremy Howard

Soup

Jeremy is a from scratch cook through and through. One of his favorite things to do is to experiment with ingredients to create a new dish. He is passionate about cooking and enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others.  He has worked for several local restaurants and plans to one day open his own restaurant.  In 2016 he was featured in the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer business section for the cooking lessons he offers.
All of his soups are made from scratch. Often he will just throw veggies and stock in a pot and create a soup. He believes in keeping things simple and tries to never over complicate any recipe.  In his opinion, anybody can make a great soup. He is a big believer in the idea that food is brings people together.


Kathy Lavelle

Kathy Lavelle

Italian cuisine

Kathy Lavelle is a 36 year resident of Fairbanks. She is a University of Alaska graduate. Upon graduation she opened a small restaurant, Cafe de Paris, which has now grown and become a downtown icon, Lavelle's Bistro. She is married to Frank Eagle and has one daughter, Arlette. In her spare time she trains her shetland sheepdogs in agility. She loves wine and is a Certified Wine Professional from the Culinary Institute of America and a Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators.


Jenny Tse

Jenny Tse

Tea/Kombucha

Born in Hong Kong, and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Jenny is the founder and owner of Sipping Streams Tea Company. Traveling to different tea farms in China encouraged her to teach about tea in her local community. Tse is a certified tea specialist with the Specialty Tea Institute. Her hand blends and teas have won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the North American Tea Championships. Sipping Streams Tea Company was featured in the Tea Almanac of Fresh Cup Magazine 2009, Edible Alaska in 2016, has taught at the World Tea Expo, and won 1st place for the Top Tea Infusionist Competition at the World Tea Expo 2011. She loves sharing her passions with others and learning about other people’s passions and interests too.


Sean Walklin

Sean Walklin

Chef Sean Walklin was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and is currently a Professor of Culinary Arts at UAFs Community and Technical College. He teaches a diverse set of classes, from Gourmet Cooking, Techniques of Healthy Cooking and Italian Regional Cuisine to Culinary Nutrition and menu planning. Sean is also the co-owner and executive chef of San Zanobi Catering, specializing in multi-course private dinners and corporate events. Sean studied culinary arts at Apicius International School of Hospitality in Florence, Italy and Communications at UAF. With over 15 years of experience in the food service industry, Sean loves teaching and being active in the community, helping organize or cook for events such as HIPOWs auction dinner, Fairbanks Children's Museums annual fundraising dinner, the Festival Fairbanks Potato Festival, the UAF/CTCs scholarship dinner and many more. Sean has promoted the use of local ingredients as a guest chef at the Tanana Valley Farmers Markets "Chef at the Market" and TVCs "Chef at the Clinic".


James Wardlaw-Bailey

James Wardlaw-Bailey

Bread

Originally from Michigan, James has been an Alaskan resident since 2004. He attended Albion College where he majored in mathematics and chemistry, the University of Maine, where he studied physical chemistry, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he studied music theory. James's love for science has transferred well into the kitchen, where he gets to experiment and eat the results!


Bobby Wilken

Bobby Wilken

Beer

Bobby Wilken is the owner and brewmaster at HooDoo Brewing Company. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Bobby developed a love for beer in college, and eventually set out on a path to bring world class beer and a sustainable, community-minded business back to his home town.


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