Sandra Hoopes

Sandy is an Arizona “lifer.” She has built her family and raised two sons in the Arizona desert. Sandy spent a decade as a stay at home mom before entering her second favorite profession, Elementary Education. Recently, Sandy has returned to school and is working toward degrees in both Journalism and Culinary Arts. She has already earned her pastry certificate and will complete her culinary degree in 2010. For fun, Sandy enjoys cooking classes with great Southwest chefs such as Robert McGrath, Mark Tarbell and Silvana Esparza as well as taking cooking vacations to the Culinary Institute of America’s Boot Camp and the Santa Fe School of Cooking. Sandy uses the skills she has learned to cook for the men in her life and make family meals something to really come home for.

Sandy is also the Lifestyle Editor for the Paradise Valley Community College newspaper. She hopes to combine both degrees to become a food writer. Thus, achieving her ultimate dream job; a job with a chair.