It was July 1997 when Aimee fell hard. Half way through her geology degree and on a break from her summer job, she wandered into a drugstore and noticed a blueberry bundt cake staring at her from the cover of a magazine. She bought the magazine, made the cake, then several more recipes in that same magazine, each one better than the last. She was a changed woman! Aimee would finish her geology degree but leave rocks behind in a few years to pursue her real passion: the need to feed.
After Aimee completed her Professional Cooking Diploma at SAIT in Calgary, the oil company she was working for was bought out. Declining a transfer to Texas, Aimee moved back home to Saskatchewan and soon started her own catering business, Evolution Catering and Fine Foods. It wasn’t long before a customer suggested she teach cooking classes, so she started. Eventually another customer walked in and asked if she served lunch. So she started. Soon the landlord offered her the space next door. She took it. And Tangerine: the food bar was born.
Evolution and Tangerine have both topped their categories in the Prairie Dog’s “Best of Regina” poll and Tangerine is one of only three Queen City restaurants listed in Where to Eat in Canada. Much to the delight of her foodie following, Aimee founded Schoolhaus Culinary Arts on a simple premise: There’s a chef in every one of us.
She still has the magazine that first proved that true for herself.
Hey guys, I’m Nicole! I’m a food blogger over at Culinary Cool, freelance writer, and photographer. I find great pleasure in cooking and feeding people, which has earned me a reputation as a food-pusher, just like my Baba.
My love for cooking and baking goes back to when I was a kid. Im purely self-taught and my passion has always been fostered by my parents, aunts, and grandmas. Dad once let me take a whole package of cookie dough and make one giant cookie. It was a disaster, just so you know.
More recently, my love for travelling has introduced me to new food cultures and ingredients which has further grown my passion for the culinary arts. Whether it’s a food truck, award winning restaurant, or some joint off the beaten path, I’m keen on seeking out new food experiences in each city I travel to.
I have an insatiable fondness for cheese. And I mean, ALL cheese – I don’t discriminate. I must also confess that I love store-bought scalloped potatoes. You know, the kind that sorta of tastes like the cardboard box you buy them in? Yeah, I can’t get enough!
When I’m not teaching cooking classes, tinkering in the kitchen, or traveling, you’ll find me binge watching t.v shows and food documentaries on Netflix, or planning my next big travelling adventure.
My name is Kim Kaytor and I was born and grew up in Regina. I started to become very passionate about food during high school while taking food studies courses. At this time I also began to cook and bake regularly at home for my family and friends and began avidly collecting cookbooks. After high school I studied art history at the University of Regina until I decided to take a break from school to pursue cooking and baking. In 2011, I moved to Vancouver, BC where I completed a one-year dual diploma program in culinary and baking & pastry arts. Outside of school, my professional experience has been bakery settings working with pastries and sweets. I began teaching at Schoolhaus in January 2015 and couldn’t be happier. My favourite baking class to teach is Baking with Apples and I enjoy teaching any Middle Eastern cooking class. Teaching at Schoolhaus allows me to share my passion for food. I love to be able to pass on my skills, tips and tricks to the class while also learning from my students. I hope in my classes that I can make cooking and baking approachable and fun for everyone.
Walter joined the Schoolhaus team earlier this year! Stay tuned for his bio.
We’re looking for dynamic, creative, innovative – and most of all, fun! – instructors to join our team. Whether you have formal culinary training or are just really passionate about food and sharing your experiences with like-minded individuals, we’d love to hear from you! Send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s talk food!