We are excited to have on board Chef Juan M. Martinez CEC CCE ACE AAC Chef Martinez, specializes in Mediterranean and International Cuisine.
He has traveled to 47 countries and his teaching style demonstrates the traditional culinary techniques of the cultures of some the Countries he has visited. Check out some of his Creations.


Chef Martinez has achieved numerous awards in his illustrious career too many to list, here are some of them:

Certifications - Certified Executive Chef, Certified Culinary Educator, Approved Certification Evaluator
Educator of the Year for the ACF Arizona Chapter, 2013
Chairman Event Volunteers, ACF National Convention 2016, Phoenix, AZ
American Academy of Chefs, AAC inductee, 2016
Chef of the Year, ACF Arizona Chapter, 2017
Vice Chancelier Argentier, Chaine des Rotisseurs, Scottsdale Chapter, 2017
President Elect AZ Chapter Chefs Association, 2018-2020.


Chef Martinez has been a highly sought after Chef Instructor at multiple Culinary schools in the Valley, The Art Institute of Phoenix & Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts among them. He is passionate about teaching and encourages positive reinforcement translating into a fun, professional learning environment.

Assistant Pastry Chef, Kayla Quimby-Halderman's love for the food industry began at the age of 11. She would go to a friend’s house where they would make and sell delicious chocolate to make money for breast cancer patients. Helping them impacted her love for food. 

In High school Kayla was able to begin pursuing what she loved by taking culinary classes. She placed 2nd in both Regional and National competition for Culinary Math and 3rd in the Culinary ProStart Competition.


Kayla started college and at the same time had the pleasure to work with and be mentored by Chef Shannon Plowman at La Vie Marketplace & Cafe. Shortly after, she graduated from The Art Institute of Phoenix, getting an Associates Degree in Baking and Pastry. Kayla has since worked as a production Baker and currently works under Iron Chef Beau MacMillan.


Her heart is set on encouraging and inspiring young people like her who have the desire to grow in the Culinary industry and show the world that it is truly an art form.

We are privileged to have Executive Chef Mark Dow as one of our Guest Instructors.

Chef Dow is an accomplished Culinarian who began pursuing his culinary passions at a young age. Chef Dow has a formal Culinary Arts education along with a Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management and has worn many hats during his extensive 25 year career in the Hospitality Industry. He has been a Corporate Chef, Resort Hotel Executive Sous Chef, Chef De Cuisine of a James Beard award winning restaurant "Janos" in Tucson and restaurant General Manager.

He has also been Recognized by Arizona Food & Lifestyles Magazines as one of the Valley’s “Best new Chefs”.
Chef Dow is eager to share his expertise and knowledge with our students at L'Academie.

Mollee Deason is a welcome addition to the staff here at L'Academie.

She is an accomplished and avid Pie maker as well as an outstanding Baker.

Now in her own words:

"My name is Mollee and I am addicted to pastries, pies mostly. I fell in love with pie baking in high school when my dad and I attempted to make a homemade pie... and failed. Since then, I was determined to master the most tasteful and flakiest work of art.  For me, pie is my outlet; it feeds my soul (literally) and gives me peace of mind. I would love to share my passion with all of you."

To view some of Mollee's beautiful work, click HERE

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  School of Baking & Cooking

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Gilbert, AZ 85234