By Nancy Ransohoff
TURNING UP THE TEMP on the local cooking scene is HEATculinary (805/242-1151, heatculinary.com). Owner and chef Nikki Dailey trained at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and has worked the stoves at top-notch restaurants on both coasts. Now, she and her staff help you learn how to cook…and they make it fun, bringing to your kitchen years of restaurant training, practical knowledge and farmers-market-fresh ingredients purchased that day, along with all the necessary equipment right down to the last whisk. And they even clean up. A well-trained sous chef assists Chef Nikki and handles the cleaning, leaving your kitchen looking better than when they arrived. Classes can take place in your own kitchen or at the HEATculinary headquarters. Chef Nikki infuses her personalized culinary instruction with her warm, friendly personality. “Once I cook with you, you’re family,” she says. “We teach you how to do it the right way, and everything is hands on.” The range of services includes three-hour private culinary classes; two levels of culinary “boot camp”; group events perfect for teambuilding, birthday parties, bridal showers, holiday get-togethers or children’s parties; and customized catering. Although Nikki takes her food seriously, we like her style: “Let’s laugh and drink wine together and let’s cook!”
Originally published in the Fall 2013 issue of Santa Barbara SEASONS Magazine.