Manja Blackwood

Executive Pastry Chef
The University of Arizona
Portrait of Manja Blackwood

WONDER HOUSE @ SXSW 2023 Experience:

Food as Medicine Demonstration and Tasting
Chef Omo & Dr Shad
Saturday, March 11, 2 p.m.

Patio Stage

Taste of Tucson Demo & Sampling
Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m.

Patio Stage

Cooking with Manja, Demo & Sampling
Monday, March 13, 2 p.m.

Patio Stage

Climate Cocktail Demo & Sampling
Tuesday, March 14, 2 p.m.

Patio Stage

CHEF MANJA'S Cooking Demos and Menus

Every day at 2 p.m. the chef team from Arizona Catering Co will step out onto the patio to share how specialty items you may have tasted are made. Taste delicious samples every day for a peek inside some of the flavors that make Tucson such an incredible foodie city.


Chef Manja Blackwood’s passion for baking is deeply influenced by her German roots, and her culinary talent runs in the family. Her grandmother opened a café and ice cream shop in Germany, passing it down to Chef Blackwood’s mother, who still owns and operates the café today. Initially developing her skills while learning from family members, Chef Blackwood later attended culinary school and relocated to the United States. She honed her craft by working at several hotels and resorts in Arizona. Currently, Chef Blackwood leads the Pastry Operations at the University of Arizona, and she has been a key innovator in developing allergen-friendly desserts for the Student Union. Chef Blackwood takes great pride in the importance of her craft, saying, “Nothing would be complete without dessert, of course!”