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Blend of Kids, Cooking Season New Career to Woman's Taste

Posted January 23, 2007

People have jobs. People have passions. If you could mix the two, you'd have a delicious combination.

Tessy Santos-Medley says she’s done it by mixing just the right ingredients: food and kids. The finished dish for her is a cooking school for kids in her own Johnston County kitchen, Classy Kids Cook.

“I'm very excited. Are you excited?” she asks a group of teens—boys and girls—as a session begins.

“We're going to preheat the oven,” she tells them.“ Then it’s time for the ingredients. “The exact measurements are critical.”

The lessons include how to eat as well as how to cook, which she says parents love.

“The parents are much more excited about my teaching good manners,” she notes with a chuckle.

“This is what I'm passionate about,” she says of having traded travel and financial planning for a white jacket, measuring cups, beaters, spoons and spatulas.


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  • aking Mar 22, 2007

    My 14 y.o. daughter and 11 y.o. son have both attended several of Tessy's classes. We have also had parties with her. There is no detail overlooked and her special touch of personalizing and tailoring the parties to your child and theme is amazing. It is a one-stop, one-of-a-kind, no-work-for-me kind of party! and I especially enjoy not having to clean up! My kids have had a blast! They can hardly wait to go back.

    In her classes I love the fact that Tessy is so dedicated to making sure kids of all ages learn and especially have fun while doing it. Tessy is so attentive to the kids and has a remarkable ability to listen, teach, cook and have a great time while keeping the entire group of kids attention. She definitely has a gift in my book! My 14 y.o. "listens" to Tessy and it has improved our relationship. The price of this is far greater than what I could pay Tessy. Thank you, Tessy. We will definitely be coming back for more!!

  • delynfritz Feb 14, 2007

    What a wonderful idea! So many parents would love help teaching their children manners much less how to cook a meal now and again. Sounds like they would have a blast doing it too!

  • finallysingle Jan 24, 2007

    35.00 a class,well damn ..I think I can get an Emily Post book,and try this myself for $35.00.Just come to Wake Forest to the Tea Room,and watch the ladies for Free,they teach you !!!
    This is about as much a ripoff as Duke letting you dump your cremains on the property for $25,000.

  • diwanicki Jan 23, 2007

    Good for you, I wish you the best.