Kris LaFay McCorkle
My love of the kitchen began
with my grandmother.
At the age of 16, I landed my first job working at an ice cream shop. When I was handed a pastry bad and told to decorate an ice cream cake. I was hooked! In the 80’s, at 21 I was working at one of the best bakeries in Memphis, then came travel…
I worked for a major airline for 25 years, all the while never losing my love for the kitchen. During this time, I met, and married a French pastry chef, and made the move to France.
Now retired from the airlines, I am enjoying a new venture. Teaching my love for great food, and lasting relationships. What I have learned and seen over the years has been complete and utter joy! Now, it’s my turn to give back by bringing people together to enjoy food, and life. It doesn’t get much better than that!
The kitchen table is a place where we can experience the best of what life has to offer. I’d love to have you, your friends, your family around my kitchen table for an exquisite glass of wine, and a full hands-on experience sharing with you my absolute passion. So why not join our classes for a little cooking experience like no other!
Welcome to my kitchen, and welcome to Black Diamond Culinary, An Experience.
My name is Fatema Chaklasi and I have lived in Brentwood for over 10 years with my amazing husband and 2 beautiful children. I moved to the US in 2002 from Mumbai, India, as a student and earned a graduate degree in electrical engineering from the State University of New York in Stony Brook, Long Island. I currently work as a Software Engineering Manager at a local technology company. Over the course of these 19 years, I’ve lived in Atlanta, Pensacola, Florida and now Brentwood is home. As a little kid, I learned how to cook from my mom, simply by observing and helping her in the kitchen as her sous chef. I have a passion for cooking and I love to cook from scratch. My family loves to eat, so it all works out!
Idon’t like taking short cuts. Cooking is not simply a process to throw food onto the dinner table, rather a therapeutic experience for me. Indian cooking is largely stovetop and the more time and patience you invest in it, the more flavorful the food turns out. I equate my time in the kitchen to getting a massage. Would you rather the massage be over quickly or for it to last longer?
I enjoy trying out new recipes, experimenting with flavor and spreading my passion for cooking and enthusiasm to others! Other than cooking, I enjoy working out, hiking, bike riding and traveling to different countries and experiencing different cuisines. I am an adventurous eater and am willing to try almost everything, well, except for mushrooms. That is the ONE food I will not eat! It is a fungus, for Pete’s sake!!
I cannot wait to take you on a culinary journey in the kitchen through a fun, interactive, hands-on cooking experience. I hope you will cherish the time we spend together cooking an authentic, flavor laden, Indian meal. Come join me!