Shayna Telesmanic is the owner and director of Fresno’s Young Chefs Academy, where she has been teaching children and families how to cook through weekly classes, workshops, field trips and community events since 2010. In that time, she has established herself as “Chef Shayna”, a cooking authority in California’s Central Valley with a weekly segment on Fresno’s ABC 30 and appearances on NBC KSEE 24 and KMPH FOX 26. She strongly believes in getting kids involved in the kitchen, building their excitement around meals and encouraging them to try and enjoy new foods. In more recent years, she has expanded classes to include adult cooking parties and meal preparation. Shayna aims to simplify cooking for families and take the fear and mystery out of the kitchen. This culinary passion comes from her study of food around the world, a childhood spent in her mother’s Italian restaurant, and her own desire to feed her family well.

Chef Shayna is currently writing a book geared towards cooking with teenagers, and continues to expand her cooking class offerings in the community.