Culinary Art Circle


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“Executive Chef" LISA MCKAY

LISA MCKAY, as a culinary arts student at MATC joined the American Culinary Federation (ACF) in 2011. Her hard work earned her the 2011 ACF Student of the Year award, and in 2012 the ACF Rising Star Award. Chef Lisa has served on the ACF board and continuously volunteers her service at many dinner meetings.

Chef Lisa is passionate about developing young chefs to discover their talents in the same way she was encouraged to do. She also employs culinary students, to help them enhance their skills, increase their confidence and inspire an entrepreneurial spirit.

In 2017, Lisa was the winner in the Rev-Up Milwaukee Small Business Competition. As a result, in the Fall of 2018, Chef Lisa has leased kitchen space within the well-known Potawatomi Business Development Corporation. She is the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2022 Diversity in Business Award Recipient. In the Spring of 2022, she launched a “Cooking for Therapy,” program which will allows participants to soothe their minds and souls while preparing delicious and nutritious cuisine.


“Vegan Soul is the brainchild of Zakiya Courtney, a mother of a blended/extended family of 15, grandmother of 50, great-grandmother to 16. She is has been married 40 years to her life partner-Tony Courtney and an educator by profession, cultural community activist by heart. Preparing comfort foods is her passion.”

“After winning several “Greens Cook-off” Challenges and doing live food demos for Fondy Market, the requests for tasty vegan food reminiscence of familiar comfort foods grew exponentially. Zakiya Courtney was so well-received at the Body and Soul Center and Alice’s Garden that her passion grew into the personal chef/catering business-Vegan Soul. She is also the featured chef on Vegan Soul Fridays at Tricklebee Café, a pay-what-you-can restaurant in Milwaukee.”