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Sue Aronson

Nothing Excites Her More than a Themed Party!

It’s been said that people use food to tell a story. Sues’s story is about showing her love for family and friends. That story set her on her journey as a self-taught home chef. Sue loves to entertain – and nothing excites her more than a themed party!  The intersection of her passion for cooking and baking with her joy of creating affordable and unique experiences is something that she loves to share.  Her kitchen is truly her “happy place”.  Nothing warms her heart more than someone’s smile while they ask for a second helping. Sue creates menus and recipes that anyone can make – no matter your age, cooking skill level or creative genius. She enjoys sharing her passion teaching kids and adult classes.

Lauren Brynjelsen

Keeps Cooking Simple

One Life owner, Lauren Brynjelsen, prides herself as a self-taught cook (YES, that means you too can learn to cook!) Lauren has received her cooking training through private and group culinary classes, boot camps as well as through celebrity chef programs/classes. Lauren philosophy on cooking is “keep it simple.” At One Life Kitchen, I offer our guests a place where they find cooking confidence and are able to then go home and replicate the dishes for their family and friends to enjoy.

Miranda Gustafson

A Passion for Nutrition, French Cooking and Pastry

Miranda is a Barrington food stylist and photographer with a passion for nutrition, traditional french cooking and pastry. When she and her husband aren’t traveling or hiking, you can find her in her garden or out foraging for wild asparagus and elm seeds to create the perfect locally sourced, healthy dinner made with in-season, nutrient-dense ingredients. Join her at OneLife Kitchen to learn how to make simple, healthy (and some indulgent sweets), and aromatic meals at home.

Sean McGuire

A Professional Chef with almost a Decade of Experience

Sean is a professional chef with almost a decade of experience. He developed his love of cooking as a child growing up in Korea, Italy, Germany, and the American south. After receiving his culinary degree he worked extensively in San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma at Michelin-starred restaurants and award-winning wineries before moving to Barrington with his wife Shauna and son Hunter. Both in the kitchen and out, Sean loves how cooking can introduce a new experience, ingredient, or culture.

Sally Roeckell

Professional Food Stylist, Recipe Developer & Culinary Instructor

Sally Roeckell is a Barrington based commercial and editorial food photographer & stylist, recipe developer and storyteller. She is the author of the popular food blog which chronicles her families tried and tested recipes, travels and celebrations in her kitchen.  Her blog is an archive of recipes and a lifetime of work that she hopes will inspire her readers to gather, nourish and celebrate. We are fortunate to have Sally sharing her culinary skills in the One Life Kitchen. With 30+ years of restaurant and cooking experience and a degree in education Sally combines her love of cooking, teaching and food styling to present approachable delicious recipes she hopes will become your families favorites.  

Paula Voska

Loves to Teach Children the Art of Cooking

Paula’s inspiration for cooking comes from her grandmother, Nana, who taught her that food is love. If you love someone then you feed them well. Paula met her husband working at Hackney’s in Lake Zurich together, and later on, partnered with other investors to open two restaurants, ZaZa’s Tavola Italiana in Lake Barrington and Incontro A Tavola in South Barrington. Paula worked at ZaZa’s Tavola as their private events coordinator where she designed corporate & family events included a Kids cooking classes over the summer, Pizza parties and a Gingerbread house decorating event. She loves to share her passion for cooking with children and adults!

Jamie Wagener

Plant-based Chef and Holistic Health Coach

Jamie Wagener is a plant-based chef and holistic health coach with a deep understanding of how to heal and cleanse the body – physically, mentally and emotionally.  Through her business, The Blissful Kitchen, ( she has shared her food and her teachings around the country and in Costa Rica to help others achieve a more balanced and healthier state of being.  Although a healthy diet is her medium for helping others heal, her desire is to dig deep and explore what feeds us beyond the food.