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Teachers of New Mexico Culinary Traditions

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Raised on a ranch near the banks of the Snake River in Idaho, the Founder of the Santa Fe School of Cooking, Susan Curtis, truly has good food in her blood. Fishing, hunting and foraging added to the bounty of a communal table laden with fresh garden produce and home-cured meats. She raised her Santa Fe family in the same way, instinctively aware that a convivial sharing of work and pleasure makes life taste that much sweeter.

In 1989, Susan's desire for a new chapter in life and her love for the traditional foods of Santa Fe anticipated the cultural shift towards a local sustainable lifestyle. Her foresight, focus and passion have made the Santa Fe School of Cooking a home-grown success story. Still actively involved at the School, Susan has co-authored numerous cookbooks on the foods of New Mexico and remains deeply committed to her family, her community, and to the original philosophy of the School, to celebrate and share the distinctive techniques and flavors of regional Santa Fe cuisine.



Nicole 150W
A Santa Fe native, the School's Director of Operations, Nicole Curtis Ammerman, has immersed herself fully in the goals laid out by her mother, Susan Curtis. Nicole's love of family and friends drew her back home to Santa Fe in 1993, and combined with business and marketing skills she honed at the University of Arizona, her dedication to New Mexico culinary traditions has enriched the scope and abilities of Santa Fe's original cooking school.

Nicole added longer Culinary Boot Camp experiences to the School's signature roster of traditional Santa Fe cooking classes and created our popular Restaurant Walking Tours, which not only benefit the School's guests but also provide exposure for local Santa Fe restaurants. She has wholeheartedly embraced the School's mission to support the Santa Fe food community, sourcing some of the School's produce from employee gardens.



Santa Fe School of Cooking in the Media
Hand Eye Magazine - New Mexican Spice
Santa Fe Reporter - Red Chile Vacation Bible School
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