WHO WE ARE
Renana has been a cooking instructor for the past 10 years. She has also been a preschool teacher in a Montessori school in Brooklyn and in a preschool in Westchester. She brings with her the understanding of child development and the creative methods of educating young children.
Food education has become a passion and mission for Renana. Talking with children about making healthier choices for meals and snacks, as they become older and more independent, should be a constant process. Children should be engaged in food preparation from start to finish; from bare ingredients to a finished product.
In her lessons, Renana focuses on healthy and delicious ingredients, and familiarizes students with simple and natural ways of satisfying their appetite. Renana offers private or group lessons at home, after school programs, workshops for parents and teachers as well as birthday parties to children of all ages. In addition, she develops cooking curricula for schools and camps.
In Spring of 2016 Renana opened the gates to her own kitchen at Fiddleheads Cooking Studio in Westchester, NY and is happy to share the space and teach children and their parents how to get more involved with what we eat.
Julia is a graduate of Hamilton College and of the professional culinary program at the International Culinary Center. She started her career teaching elementary school at Greenwich Country Day School before pursuing her love of food professionally. Since then, she has worked at Martha Stewart Living as Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Brand Manager, in the test kitchen of Saveur Magazine as a recipe tester, in the kitchen of Sunday Suppers as the Head of Culinary Development, and has consulted for professional chefs and television hosts on Food Network and the Cooking Channel.
She now does ongoing photography and recipe development projects for various food brands, works as a private chef, and teaches cooking classes. She is thrilled to be a part of the team at Fiddleheads Cooking Studio, where she combines her experiences in both elementary education and professional cooking.
Marti Wolfson has been an impassioned educator in the integrative health field for over 15 years, bridging the gap between the science of nutrition to the art of cooking. She brings a unique set of skills as a health-supportive culinary educator and Functional Nutritionist. Her private practice, MW Culinary Wellness, was founded in 2013, which includes 1-1 nutrition counseling, cooking classes and workshops. Her dedication to health and wellness started off with a movement career in Pilates and Gyrotonic. After healing her own chronic gut problems through food, she found her calling as a chef and nutritionist. She enjoys working with a range of people, from the very young to older populations. Marti has a degree in Exercise Physiology and Dance from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a graduate of the first plant based culinary school, The Natural Gourmet Institute. She is adjunct faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy, and The Center for Mind Body Medicine.
Marti is excited to be teaching at Fiddleheads Cooking Studio, inspiring young budding cooks. She will also be offering a variety of adult cooking classes starting this Spring. When she's not in the kitchen, she enjoys spending time with her husband and baby girl, hiking, dancing, and traveling.
Sharon NDiaye has been creating fun, interactive kids’ cooking classes in Westchester, NY since 2013. Her classes inspire children to be curious about the foods and cultures of the world and open their minds and taste buds to new places and flavors.
Sharon’s students discover new connections to the world through sensory experiences while creating happy memories, making new friendships and building self-confidence.
Sharon is passionate about sharing her knowledge of food, and about introducing children to the richness of the world’s people, languages and cultures and creating the experience of shared humanity. Parents often credit Sharon’s classes with expanding their children’s food choices and interest in trying new cuisines.
"Renana Shvil-Tobi has presented programs at the Warner Library since the spring of 2015. She approached me as a volunteer and generously offered to plan and conduct cooking programs for young children and their caregivers. These programs took off with the public almost immediately, and her current session is "sold-out" with repeat and new participants alike. Renana is a pleasure to work with, and the little ones and adults alike love her enthusiasm, knowledge, and delicious creations! She ties each program in with a book, making for a perfect library event. Renana's generosity of time and talent is much appreciated at the library."
Patricia Cohn, Children's Librarian, Warner Library Tarrytown, NY
"My 2.5 year old daughter LOVES Cooking with Renana! Since we started the class, my daughter has taken a much bigger interest in helping me cook at home, due in no small part to Renana's upbeat, hands on approach. She has been more willing to taste different flavors (even raw green veggies!) and has gained an understanding of how food makes its way to her plate, as well as a sense of pride in eating something delicious that she has helped prepare. I am grateful to Renana for helping my daughter and I have a bonding experience in the kitchen."
Elly Kelly, Tarrytown Mom