CHEF CANDACE CONLEY

As chef and owner of The Girl Can Cook, Chef Candace Conley offers recreational cooking classes at her studio and catering kitchen in the booming Broken Arrow Rose District.  She shows people with all skill levels how to fearlessly cook in her kitchen and transition that technique and mindset over to their own daily lives.  Coming from a long line of talented home cooks, Chef Candace has developed a self-taught culinary style that positions her as the only chef personality and entrepreneur in Tulsa who does what she does.

“Cooking without a Parachute” and “Stupid, Easy and Delicious” are a few of the common phrases that have evolved from her no-fuss, non-intimidating, FUN approach to teaching others how to cook at home.

The mission is simple: to teach people how to cook at home…and enjoy it.

Most recently. Chef Candace appeared on Season 4 of Food Network's Cooks vs Cons cooking competition show. She has been recognized throughout the years with People’s Choice Awards and other industry accolades. Her philanthropic spirit has landed her at countless events providing clever demonstrations and spreads for many of the community’s nonprofit organizations. 

 

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Natalia provides the yin to Chef Candace's yang.  They have worked together since 2008; first, in Chef Candace's restaurant then in the cooking studio.  Natalia does everything from teaching to washing dishes and all things in between.  She leads the Art of the Cocktail Classes where she serves as "Mixtress". 

Natalia has been in the food industry for the past 20 years.  From running a lodge in Alaska to the front of the house in fine dining establishments around the country, she knows the food business.

 

Chef Sarah Leavell

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Chef Sarah's first job in the culinary industry was at a small independently owned restaurant after completing a Culinary Associates degree at OSU-IT.  She was then hired as The Canebrake’s pastry chef.  There she was promoted to the Sous Chef position and later was again promoted to Chef de Cuisine.  While at The Canebrake, she taught monthly cooking classes open to the public. She was also a culinary arts instructor at Platt College Tulsa.

Currently, Chef Sarah is Sous Chef at BOK Center Arena and Cox Business Center.
In her words, "...cooking is what I love doing, I live, sleep, eat and breath cooking. Nothing makes me happier or more content than the time I spend in the kitchen."

Chef Sarah teaches pastry classes and an occasional sushi class.