Meet our Team

The EATZ team of instructors and chefs come from diverse backgrounds and cooking styles to bring you the best of cuisine from around the world.

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NIKI TEHRANCHI

(OWNER/CHEF)

After practicing law for a few years, Niki decided to follow her passion for cooking and went to culinary school. She received her culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts – Hollywood, and loved every minute of it! She’s had a major love for cooking since she was a kid, and remembers cooking crepes for her family and reading cookbooks as a child. She loves to cook, entertain, and teach…and her mission was to combine all three with the opening of her business. She started EATZ with the goal of giving each student a truly hands-on cooking experience. Not only does she want everyone to cook as much as possible during class, she also wants to bring the joy of cooking to the classroom by encouraging her students to experiment and have fun with the cooking process. Come meet her at EATZ and awaken your inner chef!

eatz-team-shari_241x301SHARI PAGE

(CULINARY INSTRUCTOR)

Shari grew up working in every famous pizza joint in Chicago – from Connie’s to Rosati’s to Giordanos – then went on to earn a degree in Health and Nutrition at Southern Illinois University and taught health at a middle school for six years. A self taught chef, everyday is a new experiment in her culinary journey and her favorite past time is going out to dinner in Los Angeles and having great wine. She began working with Niki at EATZ as a sous chef in 2009 and started teaching and creating her own classes in 2011 including Whiskey A Go Go and Vegan Comfort Foods. At EATZ, Shari is excited to combine her love for teaching and passion for nutrition and food into a creative journey through the world of culinary education. Come join her for some laughs and wine while you cook a great meal together at EATZ!

COURTNEY DARBY

(CULINARY INSTRUCTOR)

While studying to get her degree in psychology, Courtney’s secret desire to open a restaurant grew when she would visit her grandparents and they would teach her all about the love of food. Courtney applied to Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena and started within a month. First she received a Diploma in Patisserie & Baking, and then she continued her education and received her Degree in Culinary. After taking a class with Niki at EATZ, Courtney realized what she wanted to do; teach the love of food! She started her internship at EATZ and continued to become a Sous Chef. She is now a member of the incredible Culinary Instructors team at Eatz. Join her for a fun night at EATZ as she shares her passion for cooking and leads you on a great culinary adventure!

PORSCHE REID

(CULINARY INSTRUCTOR)

As a young child Porsche was drawn to cooking shows before there were cable channels dedicated to it. From Julia and Yan on PBS to cooking segments in morning shows her family was mystified by this attraction. While in college she worked at a small café in the kitchen but followed a different career path. She worked in sales for over 15 years and after deciding to make a career change she went to her first passion, food. She then figured out a way to combine her first love of food with her love of travel by starting a culinary vacation agency, Chef on a Passport. Porsche recently graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles and spent her externship working at the Los Angeles Times Food Section testing recipes, styling food for photo shoots and prepping for the Eat Beat TV program. Since then she’s done private catering and is now excited to be a part of the EATZ family. Come and join Porsche as she shares her particular culinary view point in a fun and delicious cooking class!