Our Mission:

We are committed to furthering the art and craft of cooking through interactive, educational, and hands on classes while bringing people and food together in a fun and safe learning environment.

Your Experience:

You will feel our passion for food and Culinary Arts during each and every class and event you participate in. Our classes are fun, educational, hands on, and interactive. There’s no need to bring anything! We supply all the food, supplies, aprons, hats, and we even clean up! Your Instructor will demonstrate techniques, tell stories, and share tips and tricks during every class. We always end by enjoying what we prepared! You’ll experience the passion and excitement we bring to the table during each and every class!

Our Commitment:

We will always offer a fun and safe educational experience! You will learn from the best, meet new  friends, cook like a pro, and enjoy what you have created!

What We Offer:

  • Professional Chef Instructors from Knoxville and surrounding areas.

  • Personal attention and assistance from our Instructors.

  • Hands on classes where you learn by doing.

  • A safe and fun learning environment suitable for all skill levels.

  • A state of the art instructional kitchen facility.

  • Classes designed for adults and children.

  • Instruction in basics up to advanced skills.

  • Classes perfect for home cooks or anyone that wants to learn a new skill or technique.

  • Team building, birthday parties, private classes, off site classes, and group classes.

Chef John Alunni

Chef John Alunni

Executive Chef/Owner

Chef John believes that good eating and breaking bread with others are two of life’s greatest pleasures and are at the heart of everyday cooking for family and friends. This is foremost in Chef’s mind as he guides The Cutting Edge Classroom Cooking School in its goal to educate East Tennessee in culinary skills and introduce fun into the kitchen. You can see Chef as a regular on WBIR and WVLT as he shares cooking knowledge and techniques to viewers all around East Tennessee! Chef loves to share his knowledge of food and cooking with people of all ages and experience and looks forward to welcoming you to The Cutting Edge Classroom!.
Mrs. Jaana Alunni

Mrs. Jaana Alunni

Owner/Office Manager

Jaana holds a degree in Retail Management and has held positions in restaurants in Miami Florida. Jaana is our Office Manager, Marketing Director, and Teaching Assistant.

Chef Cameron Carrell

Chef Cameron Carrell

Pastry and Baking Instructor

Cameron has a masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas and lives here in Knoxville with her husband and two adopted sons. She began her baking career in Texas while owning her own bakery and has a strong passion for the pastry arts! Chef Cameron believes that “life is short, so eat dessert first”. 
Kirsten Alunni

Kirsten Alunni

Teaching Assistant/Steward

Kirsten assists with set up for classes, cleanup, and office tasks. She is a student at Bearden High School and aspires to be an artist.

Chef Jocelyn Weatherford

Chef Jocelyn Weatherford

Pastry and Baking Instructor

Jocelyn is a graduate of the Pellissippi State College Culinary Institute and specializes in baking and pastry. She is the owner of Defy Explanation Bakery here in Knoxville and loves to share her passion for food and the pastry arts.