Montclair Culinary Academy (MCA) offers innovative, creative, healthy classes for adults and children.

Our classes are hands-on and our goal is for everyone who attends our classes to learn a new cooking skill or come away with a greater understanding of farm to table cuisines from around the world. Enjoy an evening of dining at our communal table, meet new people or connect with friends and family in our beautifully renovated Victorian space in Upper Montclair. All our guests enjoy creating, healthy, fabulous and delicious food.

Jr. Chefs (ages 7-17) learn proper culinary skills such as food safety, knife skills, food science, social and math skills.

We offer cooking classes from beginners to seasoned home cooks, private workshops, corporate events, team building as well as private parties, including Birthdays, Anniversaries, Baby Showers and Bachelorette celebrations to name a few.



Chef Karan Fischer

Chef Karan Fischer


Chef Karan Fischer graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan with honors in 2009. She has created specialty foods for private clients from Manhattan to the Hamptons, and a line of healthy gluten-free snack products which had national distribution for airport kiosks throughout the U.S.

Chef Karan is recognized by the NYC Board of Education as a Chef/Instructor for "healthy cooking" developing after school programs funded by the Tisch Foundation. In partnership with a top NYC nutritionist, Karan developed a farm-to-table gourmet weight-loss menu and helped clients achieve their weight management goals for over a decade.

She was a lead Chef for Abigail Kirsch for off-premises catering for The New York Times and Brooklyn Navy Shipyards, as well as private parties for Alicia Keys Foundation and Morgan Stanley. Chef Karan is also a member of the Specialty Food Association and Taste NY Events.

Chef Karan lives in Montclair and is the Executive Chef and Founder of the Montclair Culinary Academy. She is a Board Member of the Upper Montclair Business Association.


Chef Karan is a firm believer in farm-to-table food and is passionate about good, real food, whether that's sharing, teaching and/or eating.