Chef Surja Tjahaja (prounounced sir-jah cha-hi-ya) believes that cooking brings people together. For the past 15 years he has passionately taught cooking classes as a way of building relationships between people. His gourmet creations speak right through the tummy and straight into people’s hearts. Drawing on his cosmopolitan and international living experiences, Surja is well-versed in French, Italian, Japanese, Southeast Asian, and American cuisine. His professional background encompasses both restaurant ownership and management. He also holds a MBA in International Business from the University of Southern California and has years of experience in business management and employee training.