Chef instructor giving a demonstration

Meet Our Instructors

Our instructors look forward to teaching you a new cooking technique! Check out these tidbits on each one.

Chef Randall Toenges

Chef Randall Toenges

Chef Randall is a classically trained, certified executive chef with more than 20 years of professional culinary experience. His classes are designed to educate, engage, and ultimately expand your knowledge of cooking whether you are a beginner or looking to learn more advanced techniques. Chef Randall loves sharing his knowledge and passion for food with others. His repertoire at Square One includes informative demonstrations, food and wine presentations, and hands-on participation classes with feedback and guidance.

Libby Martin

Libby Martin

Libby is the owner of Libby’s Cupcakes, Etc. here in Fargo/Moorhead. She bakes up delicious (and gorgeous!) cupcakes for weddings, corporate events, parties and more. Her attention to detail and dedication to high quality and amazing tasting products is evident in every delightful cupcake she makes! She’ll be sharing her knowledge and tips through her cupcake decorating classes here!

Megan Lewis

Megan Lewis

Megan graduated from Culinary School at MSCTC in Moorhead in 2010.  After a stint running her own catering company, Megan moved to Fargo and eventually ending up working with her one true love, cheese! She is the proud owner of Milk Made Catering, a Cheese centric catering company specializing in cheese and charcuterie platters and more! She lives in Fargo with her husband, two beautiful little girls, and her corgi Butters.

Casey Steele

Casey Steele

Casey and Matt Steele created Square One with a vision to offer professional commercial kitchen space to up and coming food businesses.  From there Square One grew to include cooking classes, team building events and more then we ever could have imagined.  Casey teaches several cake pop classes as well as kids cooking classes at Square One while managing the facility.  We are fortunate to have such a lovely community and to love what we do!

Bee Mittleider

Bee Mittleider

Bee Mittleider is the owner of Deep Blue Seafood.

She’s a food lover, culinary explorer and fantastic mum who’s happily married to her university sweetheart (he’s a completely amazing guy). She’s excited about finding ways to make seafood easy and approachable for home cooks and loves sharing her knowledge of seafood with others.

Bee moved from her native London England in 2004 to get married and start a life with John, a lifelong North Dakotan.
Missing the variety and accessibility of seafood she enjoyed in London, she and John started Off The Hook Seafood in 2013 and expanded their business with the opening of Deep Blue Seafood in the summer of 2016 becoming Fargo’s first and only seafood market and restaurant. They have an incredibly awesome daughter, Tabitha, who can be spotted running Deep Blue Seafood with Mom and Dad. You can find Deep Blue Seafood at www.dbseafood.com

Chef Phil

Chef Phil

Chef Phillip Edwards was raised in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas where his love of home cooking with fresh ingredients was sparked. He went on to earn a degree in culinary arts from the Art Institute of Colorado, and completed the Chiang Mai School of Thai Cooking in Thailand.
After his education, Phil joined the US Antarctic Program, where he held positions at McMurdo and South Pole bases. His past positions include culinary manager for Concordia College and Sanford Health before joining the culinary team at Essentia Health.

Michele La Haise-Bates

Michele La Haise-Bates

Michele has been a fixture on the food scene here in Fargo-Moorhead for many years. You may recognize her face from the Red River Market with her business, Michele’s Table (her sweet side), or perhaps remember her from Café Robert, where she started and managed the bistro (her savory side) in Scheels Home and Hardware for almost a decade.
Michele is an avid cookbook collector and has accumulated 1,000’s of recipes. She states, “I love people and they go in hand with delicious food-the greatest gift that anyone can give someone.”
When not cooking or baking for her business, Michele loves recreating recipes from her travels and spoiling her grandchildren, her best critics, with cookies and scones.
Michele’s strengths are creating and tweaking new recipes to fit any occasion with a uniqueness all her own using the best quality ingredients available.

Maria Carpenter-Rodriguez

Maria Carpenter-Rodriguez

Born and raised in the heart of northern California, Maria wanted to bring to the flavors and culture she was raised with to the FM Area so she started Maria’s HomeStyle Mexican Food. Maria learned how to cook from her mother, aunt, grandmothers and her mother in law growing up and is passionate about sharing what she was taught and the recipes that were shared through her catering business and is now excited to share her food and knowledge through cooking classes!

Karla Lund

Karla Lund

Karla Lund is a registered licensed dietitian nutritionist and certified yoga instructor. She has been a clinical dietitian nutritionist for 12 years and a yoga teacher for over one year. She has worked with various age groups, mentored students and participated in cooking demonstrations in the community. She enjoys creating classes that connect mindfulness and intuitive action with movement (yoga), meditation and food. She is currently pursuing a certification in Intuitive Eating Counseling and looks forward to bringing this offering to the community.

Upcoming Classes at Square One

Now that you’ve seen what our instructors are made of, check out our upcoming cooking classes and try one today!