OUR UNCORKED CHEFS
Submitting to his passion for food, Chef Jerry Craft attended Le Cordon Bleu in Orlando to become a professional chef. He has worked for such companies as Walt Disney World and Starbucks, honing his hospitality skills. He then opened his own Personal Chef business in 2010, serving local celebrities, large corporations and the local community at large. He trained to be a sommelier in 2011, promoting his passion for fine food and good wine.
Chef Jerry has been a Resident Chef with the Publix Aprons Cooking School in Orlando since 2013 and looks forward teaching his passion for cooking to those with a desire to enhance their culinary skills.
Emily Ellyn is best known as the Retro Rad Chef from Food Network; appearing on “Food Network Star,” “Cupcake Wars” and most recently as the winner of “Cutthroat Kitchen.” She’s also a culinary educator and food writer, who is the national spokesperson for Frigo cheese and the Cake Genius at “Cake Central” magazine. When she’s not busy writing or developing recipes, you’ll find Emily cooking up fun at food and spirits events around the world. Emily encourages everyone to dig through their mother’s recipe box, dust off their pressure cookers, and take the old and make it new. Don’t miss this rising culinary star, with her trademark cat-eyed glasses, demonstrate her latest retro-recipe-redo of your favorite classic dish.
Growing up in a military family, Chef Macy MacNealy learned the skills and values that would later serve her in becoming a well-rounded chef instructor. Her love of world cuisines was expanded during her tenure with the United States Air Force where she experienced first-hand the subtleties of foods from around the globe.
Chef Macy formalized her culinary journey by attending the Culinary Arts Institute of Louisiana; where she was able to fine to her Cajun and Creole palate. Becoming a Resident Chef at Publix Aprons Cooking School lets her share her love of cooking while allowing her to motivate students to explore different foods and techniques right from their own kitchen.
Winner of MasterChef season 7, Chef Shaun O’Neale has been orchestrating dance floors from the DJ booth for almost 20 years and refining his culinary skills in home kitchens for just as long. One thing has remained constant through the crazy years in the DJ booth and that is his absolute obsession with all things food. Spending years developing and fine tuning his culinary skills, O’Neale came out of the home kitchen and into the spotlight in 2016, on season 7 of the hit FOX show MasterChef. With his elevated plating and big bold flavors, O’Neale quickly became a front runner and soon began to dominate the competition, with 8 individual wins starting with the coveted white apron and ending with the MasterChef trophy. Having the honor to cook for and learn from true masters in the culinary world like Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi, Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, Richard Blais, Aaron Sanchez, Edward Lee and Kevin Sbraga has only intensified Shaun’s passion in the kitchen as he now moves on to the next phase as a Chef, DJ and Author of “My Modern American Table”.
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 Central 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.”