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

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

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

Maria Capdevielle

Maria Teresa Capdevielle is a culinary instructor, cookbook author, and pastry chef from Abruzzo, Italy. ... READ MORE

Sasha Crehan

SASHA CREHAN teaches The Civic Kitchen's Learn to Bake series for home bakers. She believes that once her students understand the chemistry behind the magic of perfectly whipped egg whites, 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

Annie Fenn M.D.

DR. ANNIE FENN is the founder of the Brain Health Kitchen, the only cooking school of its kind focused exclusively on brain health and helping people prevent cognitive decline through food and ... READ MORE

Nafy Flatley

NAFY FLATLEY, a native of Senegal, moved to California to attend school at the University of San Francisco. After she earned her degree in business, she worked in the Silicon Valley for start-up ... 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

Amisha Gurbani

Amisha Dodhia Gurbani is a recipe developer, photographer, computer engineer, and the creator of The Jam Lab, where she delights readers with her modern takes on Indian food classics. ... 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

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

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

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

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

Anna Voloshyna

ANNA VOLOSHYNA was born in southern Ukraine and relocated to the United States in 2011. She is a chef, blogger, and culinary instructor who translates Eastern European cuisine and flavors into ... 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