SMCO Instructors

Therese Ludwig

Executive Chef Instructor
"Hello! I am so excited to meet you and create with you!"

With over 15 years of experience as a Pastry Chef, Culinary Instructor, and Entrepreneur, Therese has a passion for savory and sweet culinary creations. She grew up in the kitchen and fell in love with cooking at a young age. She has been an executive pastry chef at Troon Country Club; launched and ran her own business, "My Sweet Blessing Bakery", and was a Chef Instructor for Scottsdale Community College for 10 Years. Therese is truly passionate about teaching and loves to interact with fellow foodies.

What is your favorite cuisine to eat or dish to create?
I LOVE Mexican food. I truly enjoy creating a wide variety of cuisines, but I have a very special place in my heart for classic French cooking. I am also passionate about creating wedding and event cakes!
Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I am a huge dog and animal lover! I have three dogs. Feel free to show me your cuties during class! I would love to see your fur babies!
Portrait of Therese Ludwig

Andrew Hills

Chef de Cuisine Instructor

Andrew is a Chef, small business owner, and instructor with over 10 years of experience in the culinary arts industry. The unknown beginnings of his journey started when he was young, helping in the kitchen at home. It wasn’t until High School that he discovered his passion for culinary arts. Andrew began to hone his skills and applied for a culinary scholarship through CCAP that landed him in a local culinary school. Professionally, he worked for a local restaurant in North Scottsdale for nearly 8 years. Andrew started that job as a Line Cook and worked his way up to Head Chef. Although he has admiration for both the savory and sweet side of the industry, his preference and skill sets are connected to savory dishes. Andrew’s love for food and community makes for the perfect addition to Sweet Moments Company!

What is your favorite cuisine or dish to create?
I honestly love creating in the kitchen and working with a variety of cuisines. If I am creating a meal to enjoy with those I love, I am in my happy place. In the culinary arts field, there is never a cap on your ability to learn, which is why I love this industry! 
Tell us something interesting about yourself!
I am an avid motorcyclist. I live in Arizona, and we are blessed with beautiful weather several months a year. If the temperature is below 100 degrees, you’ll find me on a bike!

Kailey Murdock

Pastry Chef Instructor
"Hey Everyone! Thank you for choosing to spend your time with me. I am so excited! Let’s get cooking!"

Kailey's passion for cooking began in Junior High school and flourished throughout high school. In High School she completed in a culinary competition and won a full ride scholarship to the Professional Culinary Institute in Campbell, CA. There she was able to learn under the mentorship of Master Chef Bo Friberg. Since school, Kailey has worked in various restaurants and bakeries in her 14-year career. Highlights include Executive pastry chef at Sushi Roku, General manager at Mind Over Batter, Executive pastry chef/lead line cook at Sumo Maya and Chef instructor at Scottsdale Community College. Alongside being a chef, Kailey is also a mother of two young children. She enjoys teaching and loves being able to be a part of people’s special days with her creations.

What is your favorite cuisine to eat or dish to create?
I am passionate about making wedding/event cakes. I love being a puzzle piece to make someone’s special day complete! I also love creating new flavors of cheesecake!
Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I married my high school sweetheart! We’ve been together 14 years now and have two beautiful children!

Virtual Cooking Classes

The Cooking Classes Terms and Conditions constitute a legal and binding contract between Ludwig Concepts, LLC DBA Sweet Moments (“SMCo”) and you (the “Agreement”), and by clicking the button, you are agreeing to be bound by all provisions in this Agreement at the time of your acceptance.

This Agreement may be updated at any time. It is your responsibility to review the most recent version of this Agreement when purchasing classes or services and to remain informed of any changes.

Reservation Policy

  • Payment in full is required at time of registration by credit card, gift card, or gift certificate.
  • Group events are reserved by completing a Private Event Order (“PEO”) form, and are subject to the terms and conditions contained in the PEO form.
  • If SMCo cancels a class due to low enrollment or other extenuating circumstances, all participants will receive a credit towards another class, or a full refund.
  • SMCo. may substitute food items based on availability.
  • Payments will be processed at time of registration.
  • Once you complete the registration and SMCo receives payment in full, SMCo will email your registration confirmation, ingredient delivery time, and virtual class login information.  Please notify SMCo immediately if you do not receive a confirmation email.  Participants are responsible to ensure they receive registration confirmation.

Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellations require a 72 hour notice from the time of scheduled class thru the online booking system for full refund or class credit. If you cancel less than 72 hours before your scheduled class time, SMCo will not issue any refund, credit, or class transfer.  SMCo cannot provide refunds, credits or class transfers for classes missed as a result of illness, job loss, personal emergencies, scheduling conflicts, or events beyond SMCo’s control.  You may have another participant attend in your place, provided such participant meets the participation criteria of SMCo.
  • SMCo utilizes a waiting list system on full classes, to place participants when a class opening arises.
    • In the event you cancel a class less than 72 hours before your scheduled class time, SMCo will attempt to fill your spot.
    • If, and only if, someone takes your vacated spot, SMCo will allow you to switch your class and will provide you with a coupon code that may be applied toward the price of the new class.  The coupon code will be for a credit in an amount equal to the price of your original class, less any discount applied toward your purchase price.
    • You are only allowed one single class switch per reservation.  However, you can always send another participant in your place in the event you need to cancel twice, so long as such participant meets the participation criteria of SMCo.
  • When switching to the same class or a different class more than 72 hours before your scheduled class time, SMCo will provide you with a coupon code that may be applied toward the price of the new class.  The coupon code will be for a credit in an amount equal to the price of your original class, less any discount applied toward your purchase price.
  • As a courtesy, we may send a reminder email and/or test message prior to your scheduled class, though SMCo cannot guarantee that a reminder will be sent.  Participants are responsible to arrive at class.  SMCo cannot provide refunds or credits when a participant fails to attend a reserved class.

Staying Safe and Healthy

  • You are responsible for: (i) informing SMCo if you have any medical and/or food allergies; and (ii) avoiding any contact with such medical and/or food allergies.  SMCo may attempt, but cannot guarantee, to accommodate your allergies.  It is your responsibility to prevent allergic reactions.
  • You should be dressed comfortably but with safety in mind. Flip-flops and open-toed shoes are not permitted in the kitchen. Do not wear loose clothing that could get caught in machinery or equipment. Jewelry should not be worn. You should wear hair clips or bands for long hair.

Children under 17 years of age are not permitted to be present in adult classes.  However, children between the ages of 8 and 16 years may participate in TFK’s 1-hour bread class with an adult, or in our children and teen classes.

Consent Form, Assumption of Risk, Waiver and Release

The class or classes I am registering to take with SMCo are for the purpose of learning to cook, which involves preparing and cooking food.  Like all cooking activities, certain risks and dangers arise, not all of which can be described herein, but may include, without limitation, cuts, scrapes, scratches, puncture wounds, thermal burns, chemical burns, scalds, injuries from using cooking equipment and instruments, eye injuries or irritation, skin irritations, allergic reactions, food poisoning, slips, falls, and choking.  I have read the aforementioned risks and I am familiar with the nature of the classes and activities involved in the cooking classes.  I understand and appreciate the inherent risks and the types of injuries that may occur as a result of my participation.  I assert that my participation in SMCo’s classes or activities is voluntary and I knowingly assume all risks associated therewith.

I understand that I am ultimately responsible for maintaining the quality of the food I prepare, cook and eat during any class or after any class.  I alone am responsible for protecting myself against allergic reactions pertaining to food.

Further, in consideration of my ability to participate in a class or activity, I do hereby waive, release, indemnify and shall hold harmless SMCo and its owners, members, managers, officers, directors, chefs, employees, attorneys, agents, and assigns (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from and against any and all demands, claims, losses, injury, damages, liability, attorney fees, costs, and/or expenses of litigation, in law or in equity, whether known or unknown, that have arisen or may arise from my participation in or attendance at any classes or activities provided by SMCo, or from my use of any recipe, skill, technique, or method learned from SMCo or in any of SMCo classes or activities .  Further, I promise not to sue any of the Released Parties for such demands, claims, or liability.

Recipes

At the end of the course, recipes will be given to participants for the food items produced.  SMCo hopes you will use these recipes for personal use.  However, these recipes are and remain the intellectual property of SMCo.

You may not use SMCo recipes for any commercial use.  SMCo reserves the right to take judicial action to prevent any unauthorized use of SMCo recipes.

Photographs, Videos, and Recordings

For privacy purposes, and to protect SMCo’s intellectual property, you may not make video, audio, or any other recordings of any of SMCo’s classes or activities without first obtaining SMCo’s prior written consent.  You may take photographs of your participation in SMCo’s classes and activities for personal use; provided, however, that you must obtain consent of any other participants or any chef or employee of SMCo included in such photographs.

Unless you provide SMCo with written notice to the contrary, prior to your participation in any SMCo class or activity, you agree that SMCo may take photographs or make video, audio, or other recordings of such class or activity, and hereby grant SMCo permission to use such photographs or recordings, along with your image, voice, performance, or likeness, on SMCo’s website, for marketing and advertising purposes, in connection with media releases, for informational purposes, and for any other commercial purpose reasonably related to SMCo’s business as determined by SMCo.

Confidentiality

SMCo shall strive to preserve the confidentiality of any information you provide to SMCo, and will not sell or give your information to any third party.