The HEAT Culinary Experience

HEAT Culinary is a cooking school, food truck, and private event caterer all rolled into one! Whether you're getting your burrito fix at one of our many food truck stops, learning new culinary skills in our Carpinteria-based cooking school, or looking for a unique caterer for an upcoming event - our team looks forward to making you a part of the HEAT Culinary community.  

Chef Nikki is excellent! She’s professional, sweet, and thorough. We had a wonderful time and enjoyed great food. I would recommend her again hands down.
— Sonja Limon

Chef Nikki, Owner and Executive Chef

Chef and HEAT Culinary owner Chef Nikki is a freelance food writer, culinary blogger and cooking instructor with a passion for seasonal local and organic cuisine. Whether developing recipes, teaching cooking classes or catering large events, good food is always on her mind. Raised in an Italian home, Nikki's family kitchen was one of great love and laughter as she learned the value of hard work, wholesome food and good wine. 

As an alum of The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY Chef Nikki has cooked worldwide alongside some of your favorite TV Chef Personalities, and has earned the title of Fromager and worked as a Jr. Sommelier while organizing food and wine events for discerning clients. After years working culinary production in many of the country's top restaurants, she decided to pursue her true passion and start her own business for the home cook. Nikki and her team enjoy instructing classes and hosting events for both the individual as well as large corporate groups.