OUR TEAM

Our classes are taught by industry-professional instructors, each boasting a diverse background, and widely varying experience. All of our chef-instructors, though, subscribe to the same principles for preparing delicious, wholesome, internationally-inspired foods for an appreciative audience.

Our chef-instructors coach students in different cooking styles including the history, culture, and any customary ceremony associated with those foods. Every dish is prepared—as we like to say—as though at the hands of the mamas in the country from which each recipe originates.

  Melanie Cecilio    Founder/ Culinary Director   Melanie has brought her immense talents to teaching, developing and curating recipes, and heading up product initiatives for leading global food companies, including Kraft, Nestlé, Glad, Monde Nissin, Cuisinart, and Heinz-UFC. She has distinguished herself by establishing  Cooking Basics  in Manila, Philippines, and doing all of the concept work—from architecture to relationship development—for building  Hudson Table  in Hoboken. She has also taught cooking classes at Haven’s Kitchen, Hunt Hill Farm and continues to teach as a chef instructor at the  Institute of Culinary Education  in New York.   Little Fox Kitchen , though, is Melanie’s dream: a place to share cuisine learned at the side of master chefs around the world; to inspire and educate amateur chefs and food aficionados; and above all, to celebrate the joys of food with others. Melanie, a firm believer in experiencing food, continues to travel to culinary hotspots, bringing back stories, techniques, and history to properly season her recipes—both original and traditional.

Melanie Cecilio

Founder/ Culinary Director

Melanie has brought her immense talents to teaching, developing and curating recipes, and heading up product initiatives for leading global food companies, including Kraft, Nestlé, Glad, Monde Nissin, Cuisinart, and Heinz-UFC. She has distinguished herself by establishing Cooking Basics in Manila, Philippines, and doing all of the concept work—from architecture to relationship development—for building Hudson Table in Hoboken. She has also taught cooking classes at Haven’s Kitchen, Hunt Hill Farm and continues to teach as a chef instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York.

Little Fox Kitchen, though, is Melanie’s dream: a place to share cuisine learned at the side of master chefs around the world; to inspire and educate amateur chefs and food aficionados; and above all, to celebrate the joys of food with others. Melanie, a firm believer in experiencing food, continues to travel to culinary hotspots, bringing back stories, techniques, and history to properly season her recipes—both original and traditional.

  Dan Stone    Chef Instructor   After two decades as a college administrator, Daniel Stone was awarded a scholarship by the James Beard Foundation to attend New York’s Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) where he completed the Professional Culinary Arts program with Honors.  He became Recipe Editor for ICE and developed the classes and recipes for the Recreational program of the school for over a decade. He resides in New York City where he teaches recreational cooking classes to adults and high school students. He is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide and gives culinary walking tours through the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Brooklyn.

Dan Stone

Chef Instructor

After two decades as a college administrator, Daniel Stone was awarded a scholarship by the James Beard Foundation to attend New York’s Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) where he completed the Professional Culinary Arts program with Honors.

He became Recipe Editor for ICE and developed the classes and recipes for the Recreational program of the school for over a decade. He resides in New York City where he teaches recreational cooking classes to adults and high school students. He is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide and gives culinary walking tours through the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and Brooklyn.

  Melissa Velez    Chef Instructor   Melissa is a graduate of the esteemed culinary university, Johnson & Wales. She has also obtained her health coach certification at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and has taught recreational cooking classes for Sur La Table, NY and Le Gourmet Factory in NJ as well as private in home lessons alongside her personal chef service. With a passion for food science, Melissa focuses her classes heavily on technique and breaks down each step in a way that results in a greater understanding for the home cook. She is always encouraging questions and for each dish to be made personal to the amateur chef making it. The personal touch she can offer her students is from a well rounded education and hands on experience paired with casual grace and attention to detail.

Melissa Velez

Chef Instructor

Melissa is a graduate of the esteemed culinary university, Johnson & Wales. She has also obtained her health coach certification at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition and has taught recreational cooking classes for Sur La Table, NY and Le Gourmet Factory in NJ as well as private in home lessons alongside her personal chef service. With a passion for food science, Melissa focuses her classes heavily on technique and breaks down each step in a way that results in a greater understanding for the home cook. She is always encouraging questions and for each dish to be made personal to the amateur chef making it. The personal touch she can offer her students is from a well rounded education and hands on experience paired with casual grace and attention to detail.

 
  Kimberly Severson    Chef Instructor   Kimberly is a chef, sommelier, caterer, and all-around food and wine enthusiast.  Hailing from a family of excellent cooks, Kimberly’s culinary journey began when she was barely tall enough to see over the stoves, at her grandfather’s restaurant in Raritan, NJ. Her studies took her to the Culinary Institute of America, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts Management. After spending some time cooking in restaurants in Vermont and New York, Kimberly’s love of wine and fine dining took her to the front of the house in upscale NYC restaurants like Café Gray and Alto. She went on to study wine with the American Sommelier Association and the International Wine Center, where she graduated with Distinction.  Kimberly worked in Sales for Astor Wines & Spirits, but brought her love of food, wine, education, and all things gustatory together at Astor Center, where she was the Director of Programming. Kimberly continued on to teach wine classes at Astor Center, Murray’s Cheese, Heirloom Kitchen, and in private homes around NY and NJ. In 2008 she created Spoon & Cork, and NJ-based business offering boutique catering, culinary events, and wine education to the Tri-State area.  Kimberly is thrilled to join the team at Little Fox Kitchen! She resides in Lincroft, NJ with her husband, two children, and her sourdough starter.

Kimberly Severson

Chef Instructor

Kimberly is a chef, sommelier, caterer, and all-around food and wine enthusiast.

Hailing from a family of excellent cooks, Kimberly’s culinary journey began when she was barely tall enough to see over the stoves, at her grandfather’s restaurant in Raritan, NJ. Her studies took her to the Culinary Institute of America, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Culinary Arts Management. After spending some time cooking in restaurants in Vermont and New York, Kimberly’s love of wine and fine dining took her to the front of the house in upscale NYC restaurants like Café Gray and Alto. She went on to study wine with the American Sommelier Association and the International Wine Center, where she graduated with Distinction.

Kimberly worked in Sales for Astor Wines & Spirits, but brought her love of food, wine, education, and all things gustatory together at Astor Center, where she was the Director of Programming. Kimberly continued on to teach wine classes at Astor Center, Murray’s Cheese, Heirloom Kitchen, and in private homes around NY and NJ. In 2008 she created Spoon & Cork, and NJ-based business offering boutique catering, culinary events, and wine education to the Tri-State area.

Kimberly is thrilled to join the team at Little Fox Kitchen! She resides in Lincroft, NJ with her husband, two children, and her sourdough starter.

  Samantha de Simone    Culinary Assistant   Samantha is a Brooklyn bred foodie who is over the moon to be joining the Little Fox team. Samantha graduated from Wagner College with a theater degree and can be seen around New York on various stages. When she's not on stage, she's instructing future chefs through Butterbeans Wellness Inc, where she was the Assistant Camp Director for their food and garden camp. Samantha is thrilled to develop her culinary passion through Little Fox and cannot wait to explore new food and techniques with you!

Samantha de Simone

Culinary Assistant

Samantha is a Brooklyn bred foodie who is over the moon to be joining the Little Fox team. Samantha graduated from Wagner College with a theater degree and can be seen around New York on various stages. When she's not on stage, she's instructing future chefs through Butterbeans Wellness Inc, where she was the Assistant Camp Director for their food and garden camp. Samantha is thrilled to develop her culinary passion through Little Fox and cannot wait to explore new food and techniques with you!