Building the CLASSROOM OF the future

Join our PlateED cooking classes and enjoy the art of cooking from the comfort of your home kitchen or in the heart of our PlateED cooking lab.  Our award-winning team of industry professionals are here to guide you through the art of cooking.

meet our professional chefs

Our team of chefs not only cook but we inspire and help you achieve optimum success in the art of cooking.

Daryl Shular, CMC

Daryl Shular, CMC

Certified Master Chef, President

In 2014 Chef Shular etched his name in the culinary history books by
becoming the first African-American and minority to successfully pass the
grueling 130-hour; eight-day test known as the Master Chef exam. After
years of preparation and personal sacrifice Chef Shular prevailed and earned
the culinary industry’s highest honor, the designation known as Certified
Master Chef (CMC).

Shular has been recognized and featured in many media publications,
including the prestigious American historical archives “ The History Makers”.
His induction into The History Makers in 2005 made Chef Shular one of the
youngest ever and one of only a few African-American chefs elected for this

Isaac Crawford

Isaac Crawford

Vice President, Chef Instructor

Chef Crawford is the lead culinary instructor at Rockdale Career Academy. He has worked in the food industry since he was fourteen years old and worked diligently to climb the ranks. He graduated at the top of his class with honors from the Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College and was promoted to Chef Instructor at his illustrious alma mater. In addition to his endeavors and education, Chef Crawford has also been featured in several noteworthy culinary events including the 2016-2019 PGA Championships, 2019 Super Bowl Tailgate Party, and most recently on screen for Netflix hit series “Love is Blend” and Lifetime Television series “Bride & Prejudice Forbidden Love.”

On the private chef scene, Chef Crawford has serviced numerous celebrity clients including Richard Schiff, Usher Raymond, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN) to name a few. His culinary accolades include Chef de Cuisine Certification with the American Culinary Federation, of which he serves as the 2020-2021 Vice President. In his role as a lead culinary instructor at RCA, Chef Crawford’s teaching styles encompass classical cooking techniques with modern-day molecular gastronomy.

Sheryl "Chef Gigi" Stewart

Sheryl "Chef Gigi" Stewart

Executive Director

Chef Gigi has had a love affair with all thing’s food for over 30 years. Raised by a single Mother of seven, she spent most of her time in the kitchen, where she prepared full meals to feed her siblings and family. She began cooking at the young age of 10. She was inspired by recipes her working Mom would leave for her and then call with instructions on how to follow and produce amazing meals.

With influences from both her Grandmothers in creating a mixture of their Caribbean, Latin, and New England flavors, she ultimately developed her famous style of Afro-Caribbean cooking.

As a food enthusiast herself, Chef Gigi followed her passion and graduated with honors from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu, Atlanta in 2016, having the honor of studying under the tutelage of the country’s first African American Certified Master Chef, Daryl Shular.

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Ricardo Juarez

Ricardo Juarez

Chef Instructor

Ashley Ore

Ashley Ore

Chef Instructor

Tanisha Mott

Tanisha Mott

Chef Instructor

what we offer

Private Events and In-Home Cooking

Enjoy an amazing culinary experience in the comfort of your home through our online virtual kitchen or in our PlateED profession test kitchens.

 Intimate Dinners, Birthday Parties, Holiday Gatherings, Bridal Showers and Corporate Team Building

Online Interactive Classes

Each fully interactive class will range from 60-120 minutes of interactive step by step cooking. Attendees will have the ability to ask questions in real-time as they progress through the production.

(see calendar for class offerings)

Signature Workshop and Camps

Our hands-on modern cooking and pastry classes are design to introduce students to the principles of modern cooking in our culinary test lab. Our 10 and 16-week culinary and baking classes are limited to 16-students to assure the quality of experience and full engagement. Classes are available for both morning and evening students and are offered in 4-hour blocks to accommodate personal time and work schedules. No previous experience required.

Minimum age: 21

Visit Us

1927 Lakeside Parkway


Tucker, GA 30084

Contact us

(770) 405-9711


Open Hours

M-F: 9am - 6pm

Sat: 10am - 3pm

Sun: Closed 

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