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Our Teachers

We are so fortunate to work with such a diverse and talented group of teachers. They have years of experience spanning different cuisines and techniques and they are ready to help you become a better home cook.


Meghna Agarwal

Through her company, Crimson Kitchen, Meghna teaches Indian cooking classes, caters parties, runs her private chef business, and occasionally feeds the hungry souls from San Francisco’s numerous ... READ MORE

Jackie Apple

As a youngster, Jackie Apple loved hanging out in the kitchen. She learned to make many dishes by just sitting on the counter and watching her mother prepare classic Argentine dishes for her family. ... READ MORE

Viola Buitoni

Viola Buitoni, a direct descendant of the famed pasta and chocolate family, hails from Perugia, in the heart of Umbria. She came to the US in 1985 for a business degree, but soon found herself drawn ... READ MORE

Sasha Crehan

Sasha attended the Professional Pastry program at Tante Marie’s Cooking School. After years of working as a pastry chef at Bay Area restaurants and bakeries such as Bay Wolf, Garibaldi’s, Café ... READ MORE

Deirdre Davis

Deirdre Davis has worked as a culinary instructor and pastry chef for over 20 years in the Bay Area. Originally from the East Coast, Deirdre moved to California to attend the California Culinary ... READ MORE

Karen Diggs

Karen is a classically-trained chef, certified nutritionist, culinary instructor, and author of Happy Foods: Over 100 Mood-Boosting Recipes. She studied at the California Culinary Academy ... READ MORE

Greg Dunmore

Greg is an accomplished San Francisco chef with twenty plus years of experience. Throughout his career he has run critically acclaimed restaurants and earned Michelin Stars. Greg’s passion for ... READ MORE

Agustín Gaytán

Agustín Gaytán is a chef, teacher, consultant and culinary researcher. Born in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, in central Mexico, he learned to cook at an early age in his mother's kitchen, and ... READ MORE

Jen Nurse

As The Civic Kitchen’s co-founder and lead instructor, Chef Jen Nurse's passion is teaching home cooks the skills they need to gain confidence in their own kitchens. She finds gratification in ... READ MORE

Jill Silverman Hough

Jill Silverman Hough is a cookbook author, food and wine writer, recipe developer, cooking teacher, and food photographer. She’s been published in magazines including Bon Appétit, Cooking ... READ MORE

Lindsay West

Lindsay West is a professionally trained chef with over 15 years of San Francisco Bay Area restaurant experience. After getting her degree from Cal Poly in Nutritional Science she moved up to San ... READ MORE

Frances Wilson

Chef Frances Wilson can’t remember a time when her life has not revolved around food, from an early age cooking with her mother and then professionally as both a chef and teacher. There are some ... READ MORE

Lorraine Witte

Lorraine "The Chinese Lady" Witte was born in Hawaii to Chinese immigrants and first became aware of her multicultural heritage through food. Her father showed her how to cook with his hands over ... READ MORE