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.
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 Arts) 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!
Pastry Chef, Culinary Instructor & Food Writer
Sarah discovered her love for cooking while at the University in London with its eclectic food scene. She traveled through Europe where her passion for food took hold before coming home to finish her degree and find a job!
Her love of cooking never left, so she started moonlighting at Boston’s Hamersley’s Bistro while working at Harvard Medical School. Eventually her love for the culinary field won out and she returned to London to work for many chefs including Alastair Little, the Joe Allen Restaurant Group, and Sunshine DNA Film Co. Now back in Duxbury, she enjoys working in many food-related ventures.
Her philosophy is that food should be first and foremost seasonal with strong emphasis on simple, wholesome, and locally sourced ingredients.
Culinary Instructor & Personal Chef
Over the past 15 years, Jessica has worked a variety of food-related jobs ranging from farmer to restaurant manager to chef to teacher to author. Most recently she received her Masters in Gastronomy with a Culinary Arts certification from Boston University.
Since graduating, Jessica has continued to deepen her understanding of food and how it relates to our human experiences. This wide array of knowledge has helped shape her unique approach to cooking which focuses on the connection between mind and body through conscious consumption.
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 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.