Chef Martin

Born and raised in the restaurant business, Chantal Martin is the fourth-generation professional chef in her family. Trained on the line, Chef Martin received formal instruction at L’Ecole de Cuisine Française Sabine de Mirbeck in England and then worked in hotels and restaurants across Europe and the United States. Chef Martin eventually became Chef-Owner of La Brasserie and Trio Bistro in Oakland. In addition, for several years she also worked as a Private Chef, traveling internationally and executing meals for prominent political and entertainment figures.

After a few years of glorious globetrotting, Chef Martin accepted the position of Chef Instructor at Laney College. Along with teaching and serving as Laney College’s Culinary Department Co-Chair, Chef Martin is also a member of several culinary groups, including Les Dames d’Escoffier.

Is Culinary School Worth It?

Popular culture, from hit television shows to YouTube, portrays the job of a chef as glamorous, exciting and even a bit romantic. With the rise of the superstar chef, many more people are seriously considering the idea of chef as a career choice. They are also wondering if culinary school is worth it to break […]

What Do You Learn In Culinary School?

Resources and inspiration for an aspiring chef are everywhere. From famous cook books and television shows to TikTok shorts and online courses, there’s an endless supply of opportunities to learn about cooking. This has many people, inspired by food and the Culinary Arts, wondering what they might actually learn in culinary school that they can’t […]