Our Chefs

Sandi Sinicrope

FOUNDER / CHEF - Las Vegas

Chef and Founder Sandi Sinicrope is the creator of something that possibly no one has done before bringing two continents of chefs together to work as one amazing team. Here at the JoyFULL Kitchen we offer a unique social platform for chefs and enthusiast of the culinary arts to meet and to truly enjoy a culinary adventure. Our chefs are graduates of the greatest culinary academia in the world.

We offer hands on cooking classes, groups (team building in your kitchen), full service catering, behind the scenes restaurant tours (encompassing farmers markets and vineyard excursions in the US and abroad!)

Our specialized training teams provide unique and enjoyable Team Building trainings to ignite your team and to improve your firms communication and performance. Contact us today to speak to someone about your next adventure or meeting.

Benny Graves


Since graduating culinary school in 2002, cooking is the only job I have had.  I have also been fortunate to have worked in some of the greatest kitchens in the world. From Beverly hills, to Dallas, to Vegas and even as far as the Middle East where I experienced and fell in love with the abundant of spices, vegetable and fruits. 

My first introduction to fine food dining was at Jones on First in Beverly Hill, CA. where many Hollywood celebrities would dine. As I presented to them my plates and saw them look at their plate, and then up at me….and smile, that was the spark. From then on I concentrated on my fine dining skills.

It was a restaurant in Israel that gave me my first opportunity to prepare gourmet cuisine. The Olive Leaf in the Sheraton hotel was led by one of Israel’s premier chefs, Charlie Fadida. From there I moved to the ultra-gourmet Aubergine restaurant in Tel Aviv and it was there that I had my first international article written about me.

Since returning in 2017 as a private chef, I have been able to help whole families to eat healthy. I have also conducted cooking classes for Cozymeal where I highlight the art of great tasting and healthy foods from around the world. 

My style of cooking now is a healthy fusion of all the foods I have encountered, always making sure that I serve a healthy balance between the food groups. Always making sure that the food is not only delicious, but beautiful as well. I especially enjoy preparing vegetarian and vegan dishes. 

I’ll be honest, it is not the food that I enjoy the most, it is seeing the happy reaction of those that share my food.

Dot Roane


I am a native Bostonian (Go Red Sox!) although I went to school and enjoyed living in California for many years.

I am a culinary graduate from UCLA. Since graduating I have worked in the high end of many restaurants & culinary institutions. (The Beverly Hills Country Club, Fleur De Vin- Pasadena CA, L’ Orangerie and the Kitchen for exploring foods) 

I am also proud to have been a volunteer and staff member of “Share our Strength Cooking Matters Program.” This program teaches low income families how to make healthy meals on a budget. 

I have also worked as a high end private chef for many years here in New Hampshire as well as California.

Carrie Shay

Chef - London,Oxford, Reading England

A rosette level chef who has worked in many Michelin Star Restaurants and with many amazing chefs who are at the top of their culinary fields. She is available to come to your permanent or vacation home after a day of hard work or sightseeing, and cook a gourmet meal procured from locally source suppliers. Carrie is also in the process of arranging Special Restaurant Tours with prix fixed menu options that are only available upon special request. Check back often for the special dates, of these tours.

I grew up eating home cooked modest food and used to watch my grandma cook meals for the entire family of twelve!. She had such love and passion for it and she always made it look effortless. Every meal always had a fresh green salad included and she always topped the salad with grated fresh carrots ( her trademark) this is where my passion for food began. I love to create food with the flavors of a good home cook highlighting the flavor of good honest food. This is the food I love to eat.

I started working in the hospitality field at the young age of 15, first as a server and a come pot washer, which gave me the incentive to begin my college education courses in order to complete my qualifications. After which I knew then and only then would I be taken seriously in any commercial kitchen.
I then began as a short order chef and slowly and steadily worked my way through restaurants, public houses and hotels, often not with a lot of encouragement.

Sometimes I received a lot of negativity telling me I would never make it, which only fueled my fire and passion to want it more! Because of my strong work ethic and constant learning of new skills I was promoted to senior chef de partie. While still being on probation, the hotel also started my rosette level which allowed me to work with the freshest seasonal produce that could be sourced locally. I was then sent for a trial at my first Michelin Star Restaurant. I took this time very seriously and gratefully which allowed me to wort with some of the most amazing chefs. 

I have recently moved to a city where there is an incredible diverse food scene and have decided to become a freelance chef. Working as often as I possibly can while still honing my skills and gaining more culinary experiences and knowledge.

Audrey Mukherjee

Chef - Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia

Audrey Mukherjee aka Aloh Rani Chakraverty ( official name), born in Sarawak, East Malaysia, spent almost 30 years in different parts of India.

Married to a tea planter and having a exotic vegetable garden that is an envy of everyone in that district, she found her interest in cultivating her culinary skills.

Now in Kuala Lumpur, W. Malaysia, she began sussing out an event company to introduce her underground supper club.

She was an English language trainer but had to devote time at home, caring for her cancer surviving husband. Very passionate about teaching, classes in cooking will be second nature to her..

Looking forward to sharing her passion in cooking and as Luciano Pavarotti says” one of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating”.

Andre Carde

CHEF - California

Co-founder of The Learning Chef; André cooks out of Northern California’s Famous Napa Valley.

Having spent more than a decade cooking for wineries, private events and celebrities;

André can usually be found in the kitchen, behind a camera or in his garden growing fresh produce.

Part of the movement to increase sustainability and awareness in the industry.

André is a strong advocate for permaculture because as he says “Farm to table starts at home.”

Jenny and Derek Slater

Chefs - Creuse, France

A Scottish Couple with a dream to live a simpler life close to nature. Guardians of “The Forest of The Stars” in a quick train trip from Paris, Limoges, or Bordeaux.
Jenny comes from a long line of great Scottish Home Cooks, although she and Derek have the skills to prepare a roasted turkey dinner for 10 including all the trimmings, she wouldn’t dream of it.

She has been a vegetarian for over 10 years and has been leaning towards being a vegan for the past year.
Jenny is a self-taught Intuitive Cook/Aromatherapist-Healer (a former social worker) who has been cooking since she played with pastry cut outs at age of 3!

Jenny completed her Advanced Raw Food Training in July 2016 with the inspirational Kate Magic a Founding Pioneer of the Raw Food Movement, in the UK.
Jenny’s specialty is creating delicious seasonal dishes with what is fresh and available locally. She loves making raw cakes and innovative raw chocolates like her “hormone boosting” Menopause Chocolates!
We offer organic food from out doorstep, our own veggies, herbs, and fruit or from our many local markets

Eating Fresh organic food and unplugging from technology and reconnecting to your heart.

The location of all the classes are in the comfy kitchen or chalet at the top of a small hill in the heart of the Limousin Countryside in the National Park

JJ Christian

CHEF - Kansas City

Chef JJ Christian has 27 years in the food industry now, and an associate degree in Culinary, Food Safety Manager Certified, Certified Chef de Cuisine, Certified Personal Chef, currently working on his bachelors in business management.

Well versed in a vast array of all types of cuisines, with catering and Italian as his favorites. He also enjoys private parties and teaching.

Chef JJ is different from other Chefs in that he has so much experience in all types of cuisines and cooking styles and has worked multiple jobs at the same time throughout his career.

He is a very straight arrow when it comes to work ethic and integrity, creating a family atmosphere for his team.

Focused on family and providing for them, Chef JJ brings all his energy and passion to any job, knowing that working hard takes care of them.

Currently chef consultant for The Distrikt Biskuit House and Cater Kansas City private dining and catering.

Chef has a beautiful family with his step-daughter Tyler (22), step-daughter Peyton (15) and son Duke (4). Supported and raised up by his amazing wife Rachel.

Chef JJ is no stranger to working hard and pushing himself and all others on his team to be the best they can be in any situation or job.

Eva Pinti

Chef - Las VEgas

I was born and raised in Rome, Italy, when I was a little girl, I use to spend the Summer month’s with my Grandmother in Perugia, who loved to farm, cook and bake.

Watching my Grandmother work in the kitchen was like watching real magic happen.

She could take such regular fresh ingredients from her garden and turn them into stunning aromatic meals for the family.

Her withered fingers transformed something as simple as kneaded dough into crusty, golden bread and sweet cream-filled pastries, and I enjoyed so much to help her!

As I grew, I found that I excelled in Psychology, which I discovered during my time at Scientific High School where I graduated in 1989.

I went on to study at the European University of Rome, where I graduated with a degree in Clinical Psychology.

I thought I had finally reached all my goals and could live my passion, but a voice from long ago was still whispering in my ear, calling me back to memories of my Grandmother in the kitchen.

In fact cooking and baking, are more suited to my personality, they are more more creative, they bring me joy, even if, sometimes it is a hard work.

For this reason I started almost 20 years ago to cook for the people, mostly private parties, in my house, in Rome Italy, a different kind of hosting, a “Home Restaurant”!!

I really enjoyed the experience, from which I learned a lot.

I worked in the Bistro – Restaurant “La Madaleine “ in Rome, and for a while I was a help teacher in the Italian Chef Academy, where I graduated years ago as Chef.

From September 2019 I am here in Las Vegas Permanently, with my Husband.

In my cooking, I use only The Freshest, Cleanest Ingredients, creating High-Quality Products, and plus al lot of Passion.

My goal is to recreate high-quality dishes of the traditional and modern Italian cuisine, from the “Antipasto” to the Cake.

My hope is to share the same Joy and Passion that i feel when I cook, with the other people when they eat and learn to cook my dishes.

JD Kammes

Chef - Las VEgas

Exposed to the kitchen at a very young age Chef JD started a lifelong culinary journey that would take him from making breakfast in his parents’ home kitchen in middle school to an innovative restaurant in Woodstock Illinois where the chef got a crew of inexperienced cooks and trained them himself to create everything from scratch, to a Michelin Star kitchen (for one night) where he learned a thing or two from Charlie Trotter.

This was all before he decided to formalize his training by attending the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) Greystone in St. Helena, CA in the Napa Valley.

The CIA allowed Chef JD to continue to build on his love of spending time in the kitchen and take it to a professional level. He got the nickname “Captain Soup” at school because his classmates always voted him to make that day’s soups and stocks.

He also got exposure to international cuisine and picked up a few tips on perfecting his pizza crust. It was during his CIA education that he worked under his second Michelin Star chef, Chef Ken Frank of La Toque.

Prior to and on a parallel path with his informal culinary experience, JD joined the Army as a tanker with the First Infantry Division serving one tour each in Iraq and Kosovo.

After he was honorably discharged, he got a history degree from Northern Illinois University. His last position prior to jumping headlong into the culinary world was as Deputy Director for the First Division Museum.

Lessons – in leadership, accountability, and patience – learned from these different lives have contributed to making JD a successful chef. In the Army he was both the learner and the teacher, discovering that he could learn almost anything just by reading a book (including how to drive his 1999 Harley Davidson Fat Boy).

But his favorite thing to learn from books are dishes that will impress his clients.

Monica Sierra

Chef - Las Vegas

Hi, my name is Monica and I’m 48 years old I was born and raised in Southern California.

I have had a passion for cooking for as far back as I could remember.

I was a little girl in the kitchen watching my grandmother cook. I remember always asking her what shes making and wanting to know what she’s putting in the food.

The first dish she showed me how to make was a Mexican dessert called capirotada.

Then one day when I was about 10 years old I discovered a cooking channel called “The Frugal Gourmet”

My mom cannot pull me away from the TV without me writing down the complete recipe.

Fast forward to 20 years later, I joined the Air Force reserve at 30 years old.

I had a 11 year old daughter and 4 year old son. After completion of training I decided to become a chef and began my career in cooking, i went to Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena Ca. & graduated In 2004.

I’ve been cooking professionally ever since.

My first job out of culinary school was at the Four Seasons Hotel and Resort in Beverly Hills.

I was married in 2008 to a military man which meant I had to leave my cooking career in California goodbye to start a new journey.

Cooking didn’t stop for me, I just expanded my repertoire. I worked at a couple of country clubs in different states, one in Kansas and the other in Oklahoma.

We then moved in Louisiana where I learned Cajun cooking and techniques, also southern cooking and soul food.

I have a great love of learning new recipes especially authentic dishes passed down from generation.

I take pride in what what I do which makes me want to become a better chef/cook.

I get great satisfaction knowing that I have put a smile on someone’s face that I have cooked for.

I ‘m a  people pleaser and can re create any dish your heart desires or at the very least try my best!


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