Chef Tracy Ritter Joins Expanded Santa Fe School of Cooking

"She joins the School of Cooking as it prepares to move to its new and much larger location at 125 North Guadalupe St."

Date September 6, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Author Editor

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Business Food

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Compiled from Santa Fe School of Cooking publicity material.

The Santa Fe School of Cooking proudly welcomes distinguished chef Tracy Ritter as its new culinary director. Ritter, who has recently returned to Santa Fe, is well known to local food lovers. She founded, operated, and later sold the popular Whistling Moon Café and Prana restaurants in the 1990s and prior to that was executive chef at Santacafé. She joins the School of Cooking as it prepares to move to its new and much larger location at 125 North Guadalupe St.

“We are so happy to have Tracy as we grow and expand,” says School of Cooking Director Nicole Ammerman. “We needed someone who could make amazing food, be a gifted teacher, and also understand the business side of things. Tracy returned to Santa Fe at just the right time and is a perfect fit.” Ritter will play a major role designing new programs and classes, developing recipes, mentoring new teachers, and catering events.

Ritter enthusiastically supports the mission of the Santa Fe School of Cooking to celebrate the rich, historic traditions and foods of Santa Fe. She is known for her devotion to cooking healthy foods and involvement in the farm to table movement. “The School of Cooking has and will always be community oriented,” she says. “I hope to help source even more of our ingredients from local farmers and producers. I love teaching and I look forward to exploring more deeply the historic roots of Santa Fe cuisine in Mexico, Spain, North Africa, and the Ottoman Empire. Many of the spices and other ingredients we use today came from those areas.” She hopes to add more classes for Santa Fe residents and initiate new community-oriented projects.

Ritter has trained, cooked, and taught around the globe from New York to Malaysia and on cruise ships. Highlights of her career include being executive chef at the famous Golden Door spa in California and guest chef twice at the James Beard House in New York City. She and her recipes have been featured in more than 30 major publications including Bon Appetit, Food & WineGourmetThe New York TimesElleHouse Beautiful, and more. She has also appeared on national television shows and collaborated on several books about healthy eating.

She is passionate about education and has degrees and certifications from The French Culinary Institute, The Institute of Culinary Education, the International Pastry Arts Center, the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and others. She is currently working on her clinical nutrition certification.


Photo: Eric Swanson

The Santa Fe School of Cooking teaches the joy of Southwestern cooking to thousands of visitors and residents each year. Its new location will include a large demonstration kitchen, a smaller hands-on kitchen, an outdoor patio with a grill, and the school’s popular Market for Southwestern cooking ingredients, cookbooks, cooking tools, and stylish chef wear. Renovations are ongoing and the Cooking School expects to move in late September. Classes and restaurant tours are being held as usual in the interim at a variety of locations around the city. Check www.santafeschoolofcooking.com for details and updates.

The Santa Fe School of Cooking will host numerous cooking classes for Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta September 26 through 30. www.santafewineandchile.org.

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