MEET THE CHEFS
Chef Mara Norris started her teaching career as a voice teacher, running her own studio for over 10 years in the Greensboro, NC area. Meanwhile, she was a serious hobbyist cook.
In 2010, Mara decided to take her cooking to a new level and enrolled in the culinary department of Guilford Technical Community College. While in school, Mara competed in several national competitions including SkillsUSA and the Baron H. Galand Culinary Knowledge Bowl. She also started assisting her chef instructors in coordinating TV appearances and soon became a regular featured chef on several news stations.
Mara began her cooking career at Whole Foods in Greensboro in 2012 as the Cooking Coach where she wrote and demonstrated recipes in the store. She also began a cooking class program at the Whole Foods and was a regular instructor at the Edible Schoolyard at the Greensboro Children’s Museum. In 2014, Mara became the director of the Salud Cooking School at the Whole Foods in Charlotte, NC. While at Salud!, Mara created an opportunity for local chefs to compete in front of an audience with Sliced! Live Cooking Competition. She has been seen on local TV morning programs and teaching three to seven times a week at Salud! Mara is a member of the Piedmont Culinary Guild and is a true believer in local food.
Chef Mara is incredibly excited to start a new venture in cooking and teaching at The Foodie School. She loves sharing her knowledge and excitement for food, cooking, and entertaining.
Chef Mara Norris
Chef Michael Harrington
Michael Harrington has been in the professional culinary world for over 20 years. Michael started in corporate restaurants learning as much as he could and worked his way up to a regional restaurant trainer, responsible for instructing and mentoring new employees and managers. As a caterer, Michael specialized in small and intimate events serving simple and elegant recipes. As a private chef, Michael taught many private cooking classes in homes throughout the Washington, DC area. Michael taught at Salud! Cooking School in the Charlotte area for over 7 years, specializing in decadent dishes and teaching with flair. Ask him for some great time saving tips and shortcuts!
Chef John Auman
A pastry chef with more than 25 years experience, John trained in San Raphael, California under Austrian Pastry Chef Karl Smerenick, owner of A Taste or Tyrol. John has always had a passion for baking and began his career as a pastry chef early in his life and has worked in many venues including Bridges Restaurant, Danville, California as Assistant Pastry Chef to Maralyn Matani, IBM, Charlotte, NC, Salud Cooking School, Charlotte, NC, Sur La Table Cooking School, Charlotte, NC and most recently John teaches cooking classes to students in middle school as a club where he teaches at J M Alexander Middle School in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.
Chef Aleks Kanclerski
Chef Aleks Kanclerski is a self taught food lover and weeknight cook. She started at Salud! Whole Foods as a volunteer and two years later joined the team as a part time administrator and instructor. She is a food enthusiast who loves trying new recipes and reading cookbooks. Aleks is very excited to share food facts with you in class to enrich your understanding of ingredients and techniques.