Dannika Stevenson is an Akron native and CEO & Owner of SipSavorSoul, LLC and SipSavorSoul Cooking School, Akron’s first community cooking school.
Her culinary career began at the tender age of 4 cooking and baking alongside her Great-Grandmother, Pearl. For the past 20 years she has worked in various culinary roles such as prep cook, beverage and banquet server, chef assistant and culinary instructor. She is an outstanding culinary professional with extensive experience in the fields of cooking, nutrition education and public health. She is also a certified wine educator with the American Wine School. In her spare time, Dannika is an avid baker and cookie decorator.
Dannika has conducted over 450 cooking classes and demonstrations and have worked with organizations such as SouthStreet Ministries, Let’s Grow Akron, Akron Public Schools, Portage Path Behavioral Health, Akron Public Library, WIC/Summit County Health Dept, Summa Health, Cleveland Clinic, Lebron James Family Foundation and many more. She has regularly cooked on New Day Fox 8 Cleveland and her delicious recipes have been featured in Taste of Home Magazine, Babe Magazine, Akron Life Magazine and Hope Magazine. In April 2023, Dannika was the winner of 330 Flavor Showdown Chopped Competition. Her mission is to fight food insecurity and hunger and increase health and well-being for children and families throughout all communities.
Dannika is an active member of Eta Delta Sigma of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc. and Les Dames d'Escoffier International-Cleveland Chapter. In addition, she has former memberships with Leadership Akron Diversity of Board Class 3, Mayor’s Citizen Institute, Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County, MORTAR, American Culinary Foundation, Akron Public Arts Council, OH Black Women’s Leadership Caucus, GASP, Akron Community Foundation Institute of Emerging Philanthropist and JEDI.
Dannika is a licensed foster parent and loves caring for children and her chihuahua, Monte. She enjoys food photography, traveling and watching classic game shows.