Camelback Desert School

Intoducing our New Chef!

Chef Jan Sailus

Please help me to welcome Chef Jan Sailus to the Camelback Desert School Staff. She has already begun organizing the kitchen and started preparing the garden areas so that we can grow some of the sustainable foods we eat at CDS.

Jan will begin on March 18. Please stop by the kitchen in the next few weeks to meet her. I am attaching her bio below.

Mrs. Jan Sailus

Raising three daughters on a Vermont farm and several years of experience as chef at a Montessori school at Seattle Children’s Hospital gave me a deep appreciation of the importance of what we feed our children. Operating successful bakery/cafés, catering, and running culinary class for all ages taught me how to tailor a menu to include nutritionally balanced options, highlight flavors and textures and enjoy the challenges of kids’ taste preferences. Additionally, I am sensitive to and trained in preparing Gluten Free, Vegan, Nut Free and Dairy Free options.

Nutritional education is found in our food sources. I support community gardening, early stage Community Supported Agriculture and seasonal eating. I am involved in the “Let’s Move” campaign, “Eat Right, Right Here” and have blogged some articles for “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”


American Chefs Federation

Le Cordon Bleu, Perugia, Italy Certification in Essential of Italian Cuisine

Kooklasse, Antwerp Belgium, Certification in Nutrition Evaluation and Design

Food Safety Management, Luzerne County Community College

Professionally Affiliations:

Certified Working Pastry Chef (CWPC) American Culinary Federation

Member of the Washington State Chef’s Association

Certified in Food Service Management/ServSafe

Completed Certificate Program Le Cordon Bleu, Perugia, Italy

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