Local business Mix Cooking School combines food and community in recipe for success

Mix Cooking School owner Marcy Makoviecki stands in the center of the island where she teaches classes to Chandler community members. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Mix Cooking School owner Marcy Makoviecki stands in the center of the island where she teaches classes to Chandler community members. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Mix Cooking School owner Marcy Makoviecki stands in the center of the island where she teaches classes to Chandler community members. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Marcy Makoviecki landed on the name Mix Cooking School because she thought it was a good way to pull in a word used frequently when cooking or baking—mixing ingredients, using a mixer. But she also knew her business would be a place where different groups of people could come together, mix and have fun.

“I wanted a brand name that would be reflective of what we do,” Makoviecki said. “Food and cooking, you think of it as being a kind of an individual thing, cooking in your own kitchen, but once we do it in a group setting like this, it becomes so fun and social.”

Mix Cooking School offers a variety of classes during the day and in the evening for kids and for adults in Chandler. The business, which opened two years ago, has become a staple for many regulars since classes change often. Makoviecki offers a variety of both cooking and baking classes.

“We’ve had people who have come in more than 50 times in two years,” Makoviecki said of her customers. “We have built a group of really loyal customers who come in whenever we offer a new class. We really have created classes that reach virtually everyone in some way.”

Makoviecki opened the cooking school in a former Starbucks and designed the inside with her daughter to make it functional for what they needed. Each class seats 12, and during the class, Makoviecki or another one of the instructors walks people step-by-step through how to make bread, holiday treats, tamales, a take-home lasagna or Makoviecki’s favorite—French macarons.

“I’ve been cooking and baking since I was 6 years old with my mom in the kitchen,” she said. “Just being able to introduce something new and kind of challenging like French macarons; it’s so fun to teach it and so fun to watch everyone be able to do it so successfully.”

Makoviecki said when she moved to Chandler, she saw that her idea for a business could fill a need in the community—she hoped it would be a place where people could come together, have fun and learn something.

“It really has been truly ideal. The community has really embraced it,” Makoviecki said.


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