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.

Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin

CHRIS TAYLOR and PAUL ARGUIN may be trained as scientists, but they’re also baking enthusiasts and winners of more than 600 awards for baking, including Best of Show at the ... READ MORE

Meghna Agarwal

MEGHNA AGARWAL teaches Indian cooking classes, caters parties, runs her private chef business, and occasionally feeds the hungry souls of San Francisco’s numerous startups. When asked about her ... READ MORE

Kausar Ahmed

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Kausar Ahmed is a writer, food stylist and chef with over 20 years of experience in culinary arts. She has been a culinary instructor and cooking show producer and host in ... READ MORE

Jackie Apple

As a youngster, JACKIE APPLE loved hanging out in the family kitchen, sitting on the counter watching her mother prepare classic Argentine food. Throughout her youth, Jackie traveled often to Europe ... READ MORE

Abra Berens

Abra Berens is a chef, former farmer, and writer. She believes that the meals we eat should change with the seasons and that their ingredients should come from nearby. She strives to make simple, ... READ MORE

Viola Buitoni

VIOLA BUITONI, chef instructor and food writer, was born in Rome and raised in Perugia, Italy. With stories and knowledge from six generations, her dishes cross the best of California agriculture with ... READ MORE

Sasha Crehan

SASHA CREHAN studied Pastry Arts at Tante Marie’s Cooking School. After years of working as a pastry chef at Bay Area restaurants and bakeries such as... 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, she moved to California to attend the ... READ MORE

Naz Deravian

NAZ DERAVIAN is a writer, home cook, and actor born in Iran. She grew up in Italy and Canada and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. ... READ MORE

Karen Diggs

KAREN DIGGS (Chief Fermentation Officer) is a classically trained chef, Certified Nutrition Consultant, author, and fermentation expert. She teaches cooking and fermentation classes around San ... READ MORE

Kitiya Ditpare

KITTY DITPARE is the owner and chef of KITIYA - THAI EATS in San Francisco. ... READ MORE

Greg Dunmore

GREG DUNMORE is a San Francisco chef and co-founder of The Japanese Pantry, a company dedicated to bringing artisanal Japanese ingredients to cooks in the United ... 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

Tracy Goh

TRACY GOH was born and raised in Damansara Utama, near Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Food was a medium of love and played a central role in family bonding. Her working mother insisted on ... READ MORE

Dianne Jacob

DIANNE JACOB is the author of the multiple award-winning book, Will Write for Food: Pursue Your Passion and Bring Home the Dough Writing Recipes, Cookbooks, Blogs, and More, now in its Fourth ... READ MORE

Faith Kramer

FAITH KRAMER is a food writer and recipe developer concentrating on the food ways, history, and customs of the Jewish diaspora. She develops recipes and writes about Jewish customs and food as well as ... READ MORE

Becky Lawton

Becky Lawton is a professional food photographer specializing in still life compositions in the creative culinary field with a wide experience backed by over 25 years of work in this profession. ... READ MORE

Beth Lee

BETH A. LEE grew up on the East Coast before moving to Northern California, far away from the traditional Jewish food she was raised on. ... READ MORE

Camila Loew

CAMILA LOEW is the founder of Sobremesa and Sobremesa Culinary Tours. After receiving her Ph.D. in Humanities and an academic career, ... READ MORE

Michelle McKenzie

MICHELLE MCKENZIE is a professional cook, culinary instructor, food writer, food stylist, and recipe developer. She is the author of Dandelion & Quince: Exploring the Wide World of Unusual ... READ MORE

Jen Nurse

JEN NURSE, co-founder of The Civic Kitchen, has a passion for helping home cooks develop the skills and confidence to create great meals and have fun in their own kitchens. She relishes seeing the joy ... READ MORE

James Oseland

JAMES OSELAND travels in search of the world’s best restaurants, street food stalls, markets, and home cooks. He is the author and editor of World Food: Mexico City and World Food: ... READ MORE

Kathryn Phelan

KATHRYN PHELAN is a butcher, baker and culinary educator who trained in Paris, France at Le Cordon Bleu. What began as a fascination with the precision of pastry has ... READ MORE

Jill Silverman Hough

JILL SILVERMAN HOUGH is all about happy cooking and delicious food. Her cookbooks include Finger Lickin’ Chicken, 100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy with Wines You Love, 100 Perfect ... READ MORE

Pierre Thiam

PIERRE THIAM is a celebrated chef, restaurateur, author, entrepreneur, and environmental activist. Born and raised in Senegal, he is known for his innovative cooking style, at once modern and eclectic ... 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 a chef and teacher. There are some that ... 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