Mix It Up Kitchen

Meet Our Amazing Team

Our team is passionate about good food with diverse experience in nutrition, organics, education, hospitality and Cordon Bleu cuisine. You can always count on fresh, quality ingredients in our kitchen, and a welcoming environment with caring instructors.

Cheryl Farhat

Proprietor, Culinary Instructor & Mom of two budding chefs

My inspiration for cooking came from my grandmother. Some of my fondest memories were watching her stir up wonderful ethnic dishes in the kitchen. As a child, my favorite book was Stone Soup!   

I always aspired to work in the culinary field, but my “bread and butter” became a career in marketing. While juggling a job in New York City, I attended Peter Kump’s Cooking School (now the Institute of Culinary Education) and devoured cooking magazines in my spare time.

I eventually traded a demanding job to be at home with my kids, but my culinary passion never waned. After seeing my budding chefs eager to help in the kitchen, I decided to teach some weekend baking classes to other kids.  The children were completely engaged and it was equally rewarding to help them develop an essential life skill.  

Realizing there was a need to fill, I launched Mix It Up Kitchen and found my dream job. With a team of passionate chefs, the kitchen has evolved into a full service offering for both kids and adults.

I hope the kitchen is a place where people of all ages can unplug, celebrate good food, and feel inspired!  Oh, and those two budding chefs are now teenagers who are helping me in the kitchen!   

Jason Wallin

Culinary Instructor & Chef

Jason has been cooking all his life and has traveled the country cooking for some of the finest chefs.  His passion for local ingredients and creative flavors is what has driven his success in the culinary industry. 

Being a resident of the south shore for many years, he has learned all that this region offers for ingredients and recipes.  From the traditional dishes we all grew up eating to new trends that will become favorites.

Melissa Mason

Decorating Instructor

Melissa is an award-winning cookie and cake decorator with many of her works published in magazines.

She has over 13 years of experience, owns an in-house bakery and is a member of the Wilton Hall of Fame.  She loves sharing her passion with children and adults alike.