The Journey Team

We carefully select our cooking instructors based on their experience, passion for food and teaching and culinary credentials. 


Jay Minaya

Executive Head Chef

Jay is the Director and Executive Chef of Journey Culinary Ltd. Jay is a knowledgeable cooking instructor and an experienced connoisseur of some of the best cuisines in the world. Jay studied Fundamentals of the Art of Cooking at the Auguste Escoffier International Academy in Boulder, CO.  

Jay has a strong passion for the way in which food brings family, friends, and strangers together. He specializes in healthy Mediterranean, Spanish, Peruvian & French cuisines. Jay is the author of "A Journey of Flavors" recipe book. 

Morgan Nelson

Master Chef de Cuisine

Morgan  started working in restaurants at age 16.  It was there where he met his cook mentor, an Italian rooted chef who opened an outstanding café . His restaurant is the huge reason why Morgan is  a cook today.  The people he met in this environment,  the culture of the kitchen, the language of the restaurant, the flavors of the food, the quick pace and wild hours, all of it hooked him in the cooking world. Morgan enrolled in Augusta Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder to take his career to the next level. Here, Morgan learned from prestigious Chefs that have traveled, worked, and lived in different countries all over the world.  places such as Japan, Denmark, France, Peru, Mexico, Scotland, Italy, and Spain.  While being in school Morgan fell in love with knives, and bread. 


Nolan Schoonmaker

Italian & Mexican Cuisine Cooking Instructor

Nolan has 18 years of experience in culinary arts providing training, supervision and menu development in a variety of cuisines. He specializes in Mexican and Italian Cuisines,

Nolas also has 10 years of experience immersing in ESL households learning the traditional ingredients and techniques of Spanish, Puerto Rican and Mexican cooking. He also has 3 years of study, production and recipe development of Italian cuisine.

Nolan has a unique talent for making his classes cultural in a fun and friendly environment  and highly values the importance of nutrition in all his classes. 


Bahar Ghodousi

Persian/Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Cuisines

Cooking Instructor

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