Meet the Team

Junior Chef Stars is where math, science, reading, and art mix with kids. They have been stirring up success since 2002 with this winning recipe. Formed to provide a creative learning platform, Junior Chef Stars (JCS) is proud to serve as the Bay Area’s premier professional cooking school for children and teens. The many programs offered encourage socialization, team building, and self confidence, while providing a solid foundation of perfected culinary skills and nutritional awareness. JCS's dedicated faculty provide hands-on cooking experiences for youth ages three to eighteen - as well as parents, educators, and caregivers. JCS is proud to offer seasonal camps, birthday parties, special events, and field trips.


Chef Brian is Junior Chef Stars Owner. He attended the California Culinary Academy of San Francisco in 2001 for its famed Le Cordon Bleu's Hospitality Management program. Brian brings with him many years of sales, business management, marketing experience and of course his culinary expertise. Brian gained a passion for cooking from being in the kitchen with his Father and Grandfather as a small child. His favorite cooking memory is baking chocolate chip cookies with his mom as a child. Brian currently lives in Pacifica with his partner and his dog. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for cooking with others and spending as much free time as he has in the kitchen with his friends and family.(ServSafe, CPR & First Aid Certified)


Joel serves as the Business Manager for Junior Chef Stars. He has an extensive knowledge of all things business. Joel graduated from California State University, Bakersfield with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management. Joel has worked in the banking and finance industry for over 11 years and has now found his place at Junior Chef Stars. He has grown up learning to cook all things from his Mother. Joel enjoys spending time with his family learning how to create exciting new dishes and sharing his heritage through the medium of cooking with all of the staff and students here at Junior Chef Stars.(ServSafe, CPR & First Aid Certified)


Tabitha is one of our fantastic Chefs & Program Coordinators here at Junior Chef Stars. Tabitha has been with us since 2012. She teaches many of our summer camps, classes and parties. Tabitha was born and raised in Pacifica, CA. She graduated in 2011 from San Francisco State with a BS in Sociology. She has enjoyed learning how to cook authentic Latin cuisine from her mother and Grandmother since she was a little girl. She brings with her a passion for cooking and years of experience working with children.(ServSafe, CPR & First Aid Certified)


Chef Russell is one of our fantastic Chefs & Marketing Specialist at Junior Chef Stars. Growing up in the Bay Area he was exposed to all sorts of foods, he was taught by his father, a former chef the proper culinary skills in the kitchen. With the formal education at school and etiquette of the food industry he was inspired to cultivate his own dishes at home. Russell loves experimenting with flavors and sharing his creations and knowledge of food with others.  (ServSafe, CPR & First Aid Certified)


Cooking and baking has always been a fun activity in Ivy's family, especially baking sweet treats that can be shared with others. Comfort food is a staple in her home, and she loves to share all different recipes with family and friends. Ivy has experience in Early Childhood Education and has previously worked as a teacher aide with kindergarteners at local schools in Pacifica, where she currently lives and grew up. (ServSafe Certified) 


Chef Maria is one of our fantastic Chefs at Junior Chef Stars. Growing up in San Francisco she was exposed to all sorts of foods, she is a self-taught cook who loves to create delicious and healthy recipes for her family. She brings with her a passion for cooking, baking and years of experience working with children. (ServSafe Certified)