About The Mad Table

Welcome to The Mad Table, a brand inspired and created to bring people together through food. My name is Patty Ruiz and I am the founder of this wonderful foodie venture.

My love for food started as a little girl, watching my dad bring the family together while he was in the kitchen, apron on, holding an over-sized carving fork in one hand and a scotch on the rocks in the other. These priceless moments made me fall in love with food and what it can do for others.

As a mom of four, wife, teacher and chef, I have been fortunate to witness how food not only brings people together, but also empowers them to do good for others. My mission is to inspire people through workshops, classes and interactive dinners. Cooking shouldn’t be scary, and once you realize this, a whole new world opens up right before your eyes.

If you join one of our classes or try one of my recipes in your own kitchen, you, too, will find yourself reflecting on one of my favorite quotes:
“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl.

Teaching Philosophy

All our classes offer practical, hands-on training. We explain and instruct and then we all work together to create a meal or a dish. We also discuss the importance of ingredients and provide creative, original ideas for food presentation.

At The Mad Table, we believe in elevating the basic act of eating to an art form. The dining experience is more than just the food. Food presentation matters and memories are created when the eyes feast, too. It all sounds a little crazy, and that’s how The Mad Table was born!

A Little More About Patty

Chef Patty is the creator of The Mad Table. She is a culinary instructor, private chef, recipe and menu developer, and food stylist. Her mission is to inspire people to fall in love with food through workshops, classes, and interactive dinners. All while sharing ways to eat healthy without compromising flavor.

Chef Patty has formal culinary training and is ServSafe certified. Prior to her culinary career she was a Home Economics teacher that taught middle and high school students. Her curriculum consisted of safety and sanitation, cooking techniques, basic nutrition, recipe development, and more.

As a private chef and culinary instructor she has done numerous live food demonstrations in her private and group cooking classes as well as many in our local community. This includes but is not limited to:

● The Children’s Trust
● Baptist Health Breast Cancer Sip and Sauté Interactive Dinner
● Coconut Grove Art Festival
● Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Home Design & Remodeling Show
● Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
● Miami Book Fair International
● MDC Dinner for World-Renowned Spanish Chef Juan Mari Arzak
● Miele Experience Center

She has also been a guest Chef at the James Beard House Foundation in New York City and has lead a Recipe and Menu Development project for Subway Corporation.

Some of her most popular food styling projects include:
● Food Network
● Bacardi Limited
● Landmark Theatre

Chef Patty now serves as secretary on the board of Les Dames d’Escoffier’s South Florida Chapter, a professional society for women in culinary, hospitality, and wine industries.