CHEF CANDACE CONLEY
The mission is simple:
teach people how to cook at home…and enjoy it.
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 (and blooming) Broken Arrow Rose District. She shows people with all skill levels how to fearlessly cook in her kitchen and apply that 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.
You may or may not know that Chef’s very first job was in the radio news business as a reporter and anchor at KRMG when 50,000 watt radio actually meant something. One of the first women in radio news in Tulsa, she chased traffic, tornadoes and broke stories that made a difference. She wasn't just answering the phone and getting coffee. And, she continues to drop in on local radio shows as a guest host from time to time just to keep up with the times.
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 food) for many of the community’s nonprofit organizations.
NATALIA BANJAC, GENERAL MANAGER
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. She managed a lodge in Alaska as well as the front of the house in fine dining establishments around the country. In a word, she knows the food business.