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Chef Tess Bakeresse
Chef Tess Bakeresse

Chef Tess Bakeresse

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Introduction: I have been in the food industry for 20 years, but teaching isn't just cooking, it is personal. I started teaching when I had children of my own...and realized that not everyone can really fill a personal need. Trusting someone to lead you by example means they need to be a good example. I love see people become empowered with their cooking skills.

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13 years in business

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Exceptional 5.0

10 reviews


Tamara L.

Normally, I wouldn't give 5 stars so easily, but Chef Tess is impressive not only as a chef, but in character as well. I took a rather large group of kids and a couple of adults to one of her cooking classes and was AMAZED at her ability to engage and control the group. Several of the children have ADHD, and yet with Stephanie's warmth, laughter and sincerity, that group was all hers. She was professional, canny, and witty, and we were laughing with her almost the entire time. The quality of the instruction as well as the food went above and beyond my expectations. As a lover and connoisseur of healthy and REAL food, Chef Tess is definitely gifted and ready to teach and impress.
Jun 14, 2014
Rob H.

I have attended several of Stephanie's classes. They were NEVER boring, she has such an upbeat attitude and makes it fun to learn. The biggest problem is at the end of the classes I want to steal her and take her home to be my personal chef!! :) I would highly recommend any of her classes, she is truly an inspiration and an artist in her craft! Look forward to booking more classes when I am in the Phoenix area!!
Jun 11, 2014
Laurie H.

Stephanie has demonstrated how to make a variety of different foods. I have gleaned so much information and have been able to apply it in my home. She is always enthusiastic and willing to help those who want to learn more about various aspects of food preparation and does it in about 1 hour.
Jun 11, 2014
Wendy B.

For Christmas one time I paid for a private cooking lesson for my mom. Chef Tess cane to my home and spent at least the hours teaching my mom and I all the little details that go into making croissants. It was amazing, and definitely an experience we will never forget. She taught us techniques and recipes and made sure we could do it on our own before she left. Best Christmas present ever!!
Jun 11, 2014
Emily B.

I have witnessed firsthand Stephanie's vibrant personality and the positive and upbeat way in which she teaches and shares her cooking knowledge with her classes as well as on a personal level. I have taken personal cooking classes from Stephanie, worked alongside her in some very intense presentation situations, and been witness to her genius as she conducts a cooking class for over 50 people. She has a dynamic personality and a contagious giggle - and a flair for culinary genius. She has a way of breaking down the most complex recipie into simple steps that almost anyone can follow.
Jun 11, 2014


  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a degree in culinary arts and restaurant management and have been a chef for 20 years. I have four nationally published cookbooks.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    Ironically, it wasn't until I had children that I decided to become an instructor. It fit my family's lifestyle and being able to control my own schedule is very important. Baking and cooking have long been a passion of mine, but seeing people learn to take-on a new skill has been powerful beyond words!

  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    Most commonly I teach basic baking, cooking, and grilling with a lot of folks who want to eat healthy and live better.

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