Little Chefs cooking classes

Join Chef Melinda McNeil of the East Valley JCC’s Challah Factory each month for Little Chefs at the J. She will present  a fun and easy-to-make recipe that can be made with children of all ages and an adult. Subscribe  below to receive the free monthly videos and recipes.  

About Chef Melinda McNeil

Chef Melinda honed her skills as a chef and baker at the Scottsdale Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and has worked at the Phoenician Resort, Simply Bread bakery and the Olive & Ivy restaurant. She has baked challah and other baked goods at the East Valley JCC’s Challah Factory since fall 2016.

The EVJCC’s kitchen is under the kosher supervision of Rabbi Michael Beyo.

Ask Chef Melinda

Do you have questions for Chef Melinda? Submit questions about techniques, ingredients and recipe modifications to guide you in the cooking, baking and prep and they may be used in an upcoming column. Read previous columns here

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Feb. 8: Purim Hamantaschen

The log-in information will be mailed at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. The video will be available through Purim, Feb. 26.


Upcoming sessions


March 15: Passover: Matzah Pizza


April 5: Yom Ha’atzmaut: Cupcakes


May 10: Shavuot: Cheesecake Bites