About Us

Welcome to Chef Tech Cooking School

Owner, Teri Appleton Villanueva is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. She also studied Spanish at UCLA, in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Cali, Colombia. She is an award-winning pastry chef, head chef, and recipe formulator.   She studied authentic Mexican cooking in Veracruz and Oaxaca with culinary superstar Rick Bayless. Teri has been working in professional kitchens and teaching people to cook for the last 25 years. Please see the testimonials of her former students from the Epicurean Cooking School in West Hollywood on our Testimonials page.

Owner, Jorge Villanueva is a graduate of the School of Kitchen Experience. Cooking for 30 years in professional kitchens, he worked at Pioneer Boulangerie, Josephina’s, Ocean Avenue Seafood, Gladstone’s, Malibu Sea Lion and was Corporate Chef at Wolfgang Puck’s. He is a fish and seafood expert, a master pizza maker, has unparalleled knife skills, and is an excellent Chef Instructor as well.

Chef Alexandra Loftus Alex’s passion for food started as a kid growing up in Long Beach. She dined at all the local restaurants with her family. At 17 she asked for a job at her family’s favorite Italian restaurant. That first kitchen was MAGICAL to her, and from then on her career was decided. She was going to become a Chef! She packed her bags and moved across the country to North Carolina and attended Johnson & Wales Culinary University. After school, she worked with many amazing Southern chefs but Long Beach in sunny California was calling her home! She found her ULTIMATE DREAM JOB at Chef Tech Cooking School, where her passion for cooking, humor, and talking are combined as a Culinary Instructor. Whether it’s southern barbeque, healthy meal-prep, gastronomy, fine dining, or simple home-cooking,  she LOVES to share her knowledge of cooking with amazing students from 6 years old to 106!

Chef Tech Cooking School Mission

Our mission is to teach people how to cook – to show them how to select quality ingredients, use the proper equipment and master the best techniques. We want to help people create wonderful food to advance in their careers or to simply share with their friends and family.

We offer Culinary Knowledge and Kitchen Experience with a side of Palate Pleasure!