Hello! Welcome to Nana Clare's Kitchen!
I am Ms. Gina - Chef/ Owner/Instructor at Nana Clare's Kitchen.
Although I've earned the title of "Chef" we are usually
called "Chef - then insert your LAST name"
Well, my last name is 10 letters long and begins with a Z and ends with a Z. Not very kid-friendly. LOL!
So, it's Ms Gina or Chef Gina usually with the older kids & adults.
I am a trained Chef and have been in the culinary world for over 20 years. I carry many other culinary/food related certifications, and I have years of hands on experience.
(And a lot of funny and not so funny stories!)
I have a passion for working with kids and helping people start their own food businesses.
Nana Clare's Kitchen was started out of a need 10 years ago,
by my sister Terrie and myself, but it has grown into SO much more!
(Sadly, "Ms Terrie" passed away in September 2018)
Nana Clare's Kitchen is the only commercial kitchen to rent for food business start up purposes, between Chicago & Indianapolis.
You can find other "kitchens" to work in but none
offer all that we do, help they way we help or have the the business plan that we do.
We offer many classes and events, but I'm most proud of my Kids Culinary Education Camps!
Working with food is nothing to take lightly and teaching basic safety and sanitation at a very young age becomes a habit in adults!
I combined all of my training over the years and broke it down by age.
I developed and wrote the only comprehensive curriculum for kids culinary education that I know of.
Our classes are very age appropriate and very hands on.
My kids follow all "restaurant rules" and they are being trained, while learning and having fun!
Just like anything else, please know where you are sending your children. Who will be teaching them, what qualifications do they have? Are they certified to work with children?
What kind of class is it - A true culinary class or more of a "for fun", "entertainment" type class?
Either way....if you are making food AND working with kids, certain rules must be followed and only a certified instructor would know what those rules are.
At Nana Clare's Kitchen & Culinary Education Center, you will not have to worry!!
I can't wait to meet you and your children!
And of course work with the families that have been with me for years!
Mask Up! (when necessary) Stay Safe, Stay well!
I am looking forward to 2021!!
Let me answer the question that I get asked the most:
"Who is Nana Clare?"
Nana Clare is my Mother.
She was my biggest cheerleader, my first culinary teacher and the reason why I dream BIG!
Sadly, she passed away on October 13, 2020
But she is always with us!
Trained Chef over 20 years
ServSafe Food handler Instructor/P:roctor
ServSafe certified in alcohol and server training
SrvSafe certified in food allergens and training
ServSafe certified in sexual harassment in the workplace and training
VOTUS certified to teach and work with children
Certified workplace specialist to teach Food Safety & Sanitation and Hospitalty in schools (I taught HighSchool)
CPR, AED, First Aid certified for both adult & kids
I was a travel agent for 24 years, so you'll want me on your phone a friend list for Geography questions...;)
AND....Just for fun...I am an Ordained Minister
(so I can preform marriage ceremonies if you'd like to get married in the kitchen?) LOL!!!