OUR CHEFS

Chef Jim Hendry

Jim Hendry is inspired by the vibrant flavors of Spanish, Italian, and Asian cuisines and the endless possibilities they present. He honed his culinary skills at some of Southwest Florida’s most acclaimed restaurants including Cosimo’s Brick Oven & Trattoria, Nick’s On the Water, and Top of the Quay. In his cooking classes, Jim enjoys creating a lively, but casual atmosphere where students can get to know one another, share a fun experience, and make memories.

Chef Anthony LoGerfo

Anthony LoGerfo enjoys experimenting with the exotic flavors of international cuisine, but home style recipes are his passion. A native of New York, Anthony credits his parents and grandparents for teaching him to appreciate the simplicity of traditional dishes. Anthony graduated from French Culinary Institute where he specialized in French cuisine as well as proper food preservation and food safety. He developed his skills cooking Asian, Middle Eastern, Caribbean, and Mediterranean at restaurants in Long Island before opening his own café and catering business, A Bite to Eat in Pompano Beach. Anthony is resident chef at Aprons Cooking School in Tampa.

Chef Luis Reyes

Executive Chef Luis Reyes has enjoyed a culinary career that began in Puerto Rico where he was born.  After working in a small bakery in Puerto Rico, his interest in culinary art was ignited and he came to the U.S. where he established his culinary credibility working with organizations like The Breakers, the Hilton Corporation, and several privately owned Palm Beach restaurants.  Chef Luis’s career accelerated from there when he moved into the Executive Chef role for Sysco Food Service assisting hundreds of beloved restaurants across Florida. “I grew up in a family that taught me the dining table was the center of the family, which has shaped my passion for food.”

Chef Chris Valdes

Miami born and raised Latino chef, Chris Valdes, has embraced many cultures through his cooking by fusing Caribbean flavors with modern influences to create iconic dishes. His relentless drive to share his passion for cooking and bringing people together led Chef Chris to create his own platform on YouTube and star in his very own series, Cooking with Chris. Chef Chris has been featured on the cover of several magazines, various national TV shows such as Hallmark’s Home and Family and LIVE with Kelly and Ryan, and was a finalist on Food Network Star and Star Salvation. Chef Chris blends his passion for food with his love for the local community, and has worked with many organizations such as No Kid Hungry and the March of Dimes. The Chef donated over 40k meals to his community including first responders, seniors and families in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chef Rosana Rivera & Chef Ricardo Castro

Over the Course of their careers, husband and wife Chef team Rosana Rivera and Ricardo Castro have been featured extensively in print, TV and radio media.  Most recently, Chefs Rosana and Ricardo competed in Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, beating him with Chef Rosana’s signature Beef Empanadas.  The winning recipe will be featured in Flay’s upcoming cookbook, Beat Bobby Flay, Conquer the Kitchen with 100+ Battle Tested Recipes, debuting this Fall.  Chef Rosana has also been featured on the Today Show.  Not to be outshined, Chef Ricardo has upcoming national TV projects with a release date of Fall ’21. This dynamic duo has been the powerhouse behind many of Tampa Bay’s most popular restaurants over the past 10 years and operate several culinary ventures including the Chef & The Baker catering, cooking school, gourmet foods and kitchenware.