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.

Meet the newest member of L’Academie, Chef Therese Ludwig.

Therese is a Pastry Chef, Culinary Instructor, and Entrepreneur who has a passion for savory and sweet culinary creations with over 15 years of experience.

She grew up in the kitchen and fell in love with cooking at a very young age. Throughout high school Therese pursued culinary classes and participated in a unique scholarship program, Careers through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP), and was awarded a scholarship to attend a culinary school. Therese earned her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts and Applied Sciences at Scottsdale Community College (SCC). During this time, she was honored for her achievement in academic excellence and was presented an additional scholarship from SCC.

Upon graduating, Therese attained a pastry assistant position at Troon Private Country Club, and within six months she took over the pastry department and became head pastry chef. After several years at Troon, Therese was driven for more. In 2011 she left Troon to follow her lifelong dream of owning and operating a bakery and bistro. Therese launched My Sweet Blessings Bakery and Bistro in 2011 and opened the first location in May of 2012 in Carefree, Arizona.

Concurrently in 2012, Therese became a chef instructor for the evening Pastry program at Scottsdale Community College where she has gained nearly 10 years of instructing experience. Therese is truly passionate about teaching and loves to interact with fellow foodies.
Come and enjoy a cooking workshop with Chef Ludwig at L’Academie.

It is an honor to have Chef Ewald Notter as one of our Guest Instructors.
Considered to be a leading expert in modern day confectionery arts, Chef Notter has a long history of accolades and is highly esteemed as a teacher. He has worked and competed in over 15 countries, winning numerous awards, as well as National and World Pastry Team Champion, and Pastry Chef of the Year. He was also the first pastry professional inducted into the Pastry Art and Design Hall of Fame.
Ewald is widely respected as an innovator, having introduced many 'firsts' that have helped mold the craft and advance the industry.
Chef Notter has starred in four videos involving chocolate and sugar decoration for the Culinary Institute of America, and has published several books on his craft that have become classic references.
Ewald continues to teach and coach internationally; all while running the popular DOTE Coffee Bar, in Bellevue, Washington

To see some of Chef Notter's work, click HERE

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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Gilbert, AZ 85234