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

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

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

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 the 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

Amanda Cushman

Amanda Cushman is a culinary educator, cookbook author and recipe developer who has cooked professionally for over thirty years. She has taught students in their homes, as well as at ... 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. She is the award-winning voice behind the ... 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 TACOTHAI 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

Marlene Sorosky Gray

Chef MARLENE SOROSKY GRAY loves to teach cooking and she’s been doing it successfully for over 40 years. She has taught in 46 of the 50 states and for many years owned a cooking school and cookware ... READ MORE

Tom Herndon

Chef TOM HERNDON has been a resident chef, personal chef, cooking instructor, and culinary tour director. A member of the American Personal and Private Chefs ... 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

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 was the longtime Program Director and Chef at 18 Reasons, a community cooking school in San Francisco. She is the author of Dandelion & Quince: ... 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 relishes seeing the ... 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

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