The Cook’s Nook is a culinary incubator providing shared production space and business development for Austin-area artisans, caterers, and cooks at early-stages of their culinary business so that they can be successful.
Joi Chevalier, The Cook’s Nook founder
For 17 years, Joi Chevalier worked as an e-commerce product manager and marketing director for Internet venture startups and Fortune 50 companies, with a specific focus on creating personalized experiences for online customers based on their history, behavior, and industry trends. She specialized in developing innovative Internet products, applications and customer experiences; establishing new markets; launching new products into global markets, marketing through real-time use of data analytics and user-behavioral activity, with the goal of providing the best customer experiences online.
An honors graduate of the Culinary Arts Program at the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Joi combines the best of her technology background with her love of culinary arts in a space for cooks at the beginning stages of their business – The Cook’s Nook.
Joi has catered events around Austin, including the kitchens of large events like ACL and the Austin Food and Wine Festival. When she’s not at The Cook’s Nook, she’s tending roses, looking through her telescope, doing high performance driver’s education events, or traveling with her husband and her niece.
Dwight Flinkerbusch is a product marketing executive who has launched global entrepreneurship programs with IC2, and guided various software and services to markets across the globe. With an appreciation for organizational and cultural differences, Dwight uses his marketing and business experience to align resources – people, technology, partners and budgets – around a common vision to inspire innovation and energize great accomplishments. He has lived, cooked, and eaten all over the globe, is an avid cook and a self-proclaimed foodie. Dwight‘s enthusiasm for the food industry along with his background in commercialization will provide Cook’s Nook members with guidance to help solve business problems and bring products and services to market.
Board of Advisors
The Cook’s Nook is lucky to have a great team and supportive advisors that are leaders in their fields and have brought great products to market through innovative and entrepreneurial thinking.
Founder & CEO
Global Marketing Operations Director
Vice-President of Marketing
Corporate Executive Chef & Partner
| Mark Paul
Wink Restaurant & Wine Bar
Advisor, Austin Foodshed