Chef Shermika Lyons known to all her students as "Chef Mika" is a native Floridian from Miami. Chef Mika enjoys cooking and teaching so much that she left behind a career in law to pursue her love and passion for cooking. Chef Mika graduated from the International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Bachelor Degree in Culinary Management. She enjoys preparing all types of cuisines from Floribbean to European, and invites her students to discover their “inner chef” when cooking and baking any delicious creation. Chef Mika is a certified Chef with the American Culinary Federation and is the newly elected President of the Broward Chapter of the organization. Chef Mika has been teaching at ARC Broward Learning Institute for the past 2 year and is the Lead Chef Instructor, she truly enjoys teaching culinary theories and concepts to her students in addition to preparing them to enter the culinary workforce via ARC Broward Learning Institute’s 16 week entry level Culinary Arts program. Chef Mika is a resident Chef in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs move to schools healthy eating initiative and travels to many elementary schools in Broward County creating healthy eating presentations for school-age children, she especially loves making appearances at her daughter’s elementary school. In her spare time Chef Mika is also the owner and executive chef of Chef Mika’s, LLC; a full service catering company (www.chefmika.com). She was recently featured in “Go Riverwalk Magazine” as One of Fort Lauderdale’s Top Favorite Female Chefs!!
Chef Michelle Jones "Chef Jones" of City of Tamarac, Youth Recreation Cooking Program and Here's Help, Inc., Culinary Arts Program. Chef Jones has been involved in the culinary world for the past 20 years. She has always had a creative and imaginary side and decided to pursue a degree in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. After receiving a degree in Interior Design, she decided to switch majors and pursue her passion for food with acquiring a Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts & Management.This is where her love for food expresses itself through tasteful creations in the kitchen and through her imaginative dishes from varied cuisines.
Chef Jones has always had a heart for others and loves to give back to her community. She has made it one of her main priorities to support healthy eating habits catering especially to the younger generation. She supports Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" program, which is "America's Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids" and has been working with the Mayors of different South Florida cities for several years implementing a similar program called "Let's Jump".
She is constantly creating fun, healthy, easy recipes that she shares and teaches through summer camp cooking classes, as well as evening classes in the surrounding cities for young people so that they can enjoy a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Her addiction to this cause has led her to acquire sponsorship from some of the biggest companies in South Florida like the Jamaican food giant Grace Kennedy and the Spanish-American spice giant Badia.