Culinary Arts

Photo of Kamili Hemphill Kamili Hemphill Chef Instructor
Anh Luu Artist-Faculty: Viet-Cajun Cuisine
Photo of Samantha Price Samantha Price Culinary Arts Faculty: Bread

Samantha moved to New Orleans in 2021 after falling in love with the cities cuisine, people, history and mystery. After graduating Le Cordon Bleu’s pastry arts program in Miami FL in 2008 she realized her passion lay in the art of making bread. When upon entering school her Chef asked ” In what medium does your passion lay?” With the utmost certainty she proclaimed Wedding cakes, just before graduation that same chef asked her the same question again except this time her answer had changed…Bread is where her heart and passion would forever be.…

Photo of Denaé Reddick Denaé Reddick Chef Instructor: Pastry

Denaé is a 2017 NOCCA Alum, where she found and nurtured her passion for baking and pastry. Her love of pastry goes way back; she opened a cupcake business in her freshman year of high school and, as a senior, was the recipient of NOCCA’s President’s Honors Award in Culinary Arts. Denaé then went on to pursue a higher education in baking and pastry as part of the inaugural class at the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute.…

Photo of Alea Roy Alea Roy Artist-Teacher: Nutrition
Photo of Dana D’Anzi Tuohy Dana D’Anzi Tuohy Culinary Department Chair
Photo of Jessie Wightkin Gelini Jessie Wightkin Gelini Chef Instructor

Jessie is a native New Orleanian and a alumni of the Dance Department here at NOCCA. Jessie’s passion for food brought her to the University of Alabama where she studied Culinary Anthropology. She began her culinary education at the prestigious Commander’s Palace where she started at their shrimp peeler and after four years left as the Pastry Chef.…

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