Jennifer Clair is the founder of Home Cooking New York, a recreational cooking school for home cooks in New York City. Before launching the school in 2002, she was a Recipe Editor for The Wall Street Journal and a Food Editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO), where she developed cookbooks and managed the Cooking & Entertaining department of Prior to MSLO, she worked in the cookbook division of William Morrow & Company and at Saveur magazine. She graduated from Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School in 1998 after receiving a full James Beard Foundation scholarship. Jennifer is also the author of Six Basic Cooking Techniques: Culinary Essentials for the Home Cook (2018) based on the school’s most popular cooking class, and the host of the cooking podcast, Kitchen Radio.


John ScottJohn Scoff joined Home Cooking New York in 2006. After 15 years of restaurant work, culminating most recently as Executive Chef of a low country bistro in South Carolina, John continues to believe strongly in working with local, fresh ingredients. John’s apprenticeships under several highly-regarded, award-winning chefs gave him the culinary expertise and the sense of professionalism he needed to become a well-respected restaurant chef. In 2004, John truly found his calling when he accepted a position as Executive Chef-Instructor at a recreational cooking school in historic downtown Charleston. As a teacher there, he discovered how much he enjoys sharing his passion for and knowledge of really good cooking.



Erica Wides joined Home Cooking New York in 2014 after 15 years of teaching at the Institute of Culinary Education where she oversaw the culinary education of both professional and recreational students. She is brimming with knowledge of all things food and is one of the go-to chefs when the media needs an expert to demystify what “real food” really means.

She has graced the sets of Chopped, Dr. Oz, and TedX, and now fills the radiowaves with guest spots on NPR’s All Things Considered, Martha Stewart Morning Living, and through her former radio show Let’s Get Real. She is the creator and host of Funny People Making Food.



Sooninah (Sue) Gonsalves joined Home Cooking New York in 2015 and is currently the head instructor of our kid’s culinary programming. Born and raised in Guyana, South America, Sue came to the United States in 2001. Soon after she arrived, she earned her Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). After graduation, Sue worked at Luxia, an Italian-American restaurant for 3 years, and then found her calling back at ICE where she has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past 9 years.



Susan Streit Sherman joined Home Cooking New York in 2010. Originally from Michigan, Susan moved to New York to attend the French Culinary Institute. She began her career working as a private chef in both Manhattan and the Hamptons. For five years she managed the School of Recreational Cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and previously worked in the test kitchens at Good Housekeeping, Martha Stewart Living, and Real Simple magazines. Susan returned to work as a private chef following the birth of her daughter, Leia, in 2016. She specializes in developing seasonal recipes for allergy-friendly meals, which you can find on her site Crate Cooking