Christa Carretero packed up and moved to San Francisco in 2003, where she began her journey into the culinary world. After attending the California Culinary Academy, Christa switched coasts and found herself living and working as a chef at a variety of restaurants in Washington, DC, where she further honed her skills. Finally finding herself in a geographical compromise between East and West, Christa now runs Cooking Girl catering in Oklahoma City, where she oversees a host of menus, from Christmas dinners to casual box lunches and party trays. Christa also leads a variety of weekly cooking classes, with themes that range from Summer Desserts to All About Steaks, where small groups of students learn basic skills, kitchen techniques, and how to wield an 8-inch knife in a way that is least threatening to vegetables.
What makes The Food Theater stand out?
We provide fun, hands-on, interactive cooking classes with a focus on great food and cooking skills. Our corporate team-building events and private group events provide the perfect setting to say thank you to your company team and valued clients.
What’s the vibe at The Food Theater like?
We have a modern, state-of-the-art kitchen. It’s open and bright to welcome guests into the kitchen and make them feel at home.
What inspired you to start this business?
A love of good food and a desire to bring techniques and information to others who desire to learn and be fed in a social atmosphere. A passion to connect great local chefs in a teaching environment with people who want to do more than just occupy a seat.
Describe your average customer.
Most of our clients love to cook or want to have an above-average knowledge of food and cooking.
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