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Founder + Owner
While the ambitions of Stir are grand, the vision is simple...
Cooking classes don't belong tucked into the back of big box stores. They shouldn't be just an afterthought of a restaurant or caterer. Kitchens should be beautiful and welcoming. The instruction should be as theatrical as it is educational. Customers shouldn't stress over constant upselling or a bill at the end of the night. Guests should make memories, not just meals.
Stir is founded and owned by Cleveland native Charlie Denk. A few years into an engineering career, Charlie saw an opportunity to create a cooking class enterprise focused solely on guest experience - not as a retail sales mechanism or as a subsidiary of a caterer or restaurant. He quickly became disenchanted with corporate life. So in 2018, at the age of 25, Charlie set out to create Stir.
In training, he conducted cooking classes for over 1,000 guests on behalf of the largest avocational cooking school in the United States. He continues to assemble a talented team dedicated to Stir's vision.
Stir hosted its first class in June 2019 at the Ohio City studio and quickly gained notoriety and popularity. The Chagrin Falls studio was added in the fall of 2020. With grand ambitions, Stir is looking forward to continuing that momentum forward.
Come along for the ride, and make some memories along the way.
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