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!.
Chef Christopher Moore

Chef Christopher Moore

Chef Instructor

After graduating the Culinary Institute of America, Christopher and his wife moved to San Francisco where he worked for R.E.A.L restaurants as Chef for the Fog City Diner. Soon after Chef opened Rocco’s Seafood Grill which was praised by the San Francisco Chronicle. Before joining the Knoxville Convention Center, Chef served as corporate chef with Maverick Southern Kitchens in Charleston S.C, Global Restaurants in Atlanta and as Corporate R&D Chef for Pappas Restaurants in Houston. After owning and operating the Colorado River Grill for several years with his wife in Arizona,  Chef accepted the position as corporate executive chef for Stokely Hospitality Enterprises in Sevierville, TN. Most recently, Chef was the Corporate Chef for Regal entertainment based here in Knoxville. Chef teaches at the University of Tennesee Culinary Program and as a private chef for Savory Solutions. 
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.

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 Callie Bacon

Chef Callie Bacon

Chef Instructor

Chef Callie is a graduate from Walters State’s Culinary Program as well as the University of Tennessee’s Food Science program. She has experience in both production baking and pastry as well as high end dining. She has a love of sharing her knowledge of all things food!
Chef Lisa Varnado

Chef Lisa Varnado

Baking and Pastry Instructor/Cake Artist

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Culinary Institute, and is currently the Cake Decorating Instructor at the Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts at Walter State.  She is the owner of Blue Line Cake Design in Knoxville, TN where she specializes in creating over-the-top custom cakes to help people celebrate life’s sweetest moments.   
Chef Kelsey Wypych

Chef Kelsey Wypych

Chef Instructor

Chef Wypych is a Culinary Honors Graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Charlotte, NC. and a Chef at a Sorority at The University of Tennessee. Chef has held positions with Cheesecake Factory and most recently Blackberry Farm and loves to share her knowledge and passion for food with others.