PCC COOKING INSTRUCTORS

Take a lesson from the chefs.

Our seasoned instructors and chefs are chosen to be part of our program because of their culinary expertise, sincere enthusiasm and talent for teaching. Along with great cooking ideas, our instructors share helpful nutrition advice and give you beyond-the-basic ways to incorporate your classroom experiences into your everyday cooking.

DO YOU TEACH?

We’re always accepting applications for cooking instructors excited to share their skills and experience.

To apply, submit your resume and class proposal(s) to classes@pccmarkets.com. All applicants must develop a specific class and submit a Class Proposal Form.

More questions? Contact us.

Kausar is a chef, food stylist and cooking instructor with over 20 years of experience in South Asian culinary arts. She was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan where her mother taught her how to cook. She is the author of “The Karachi Kitchen”, a cookbook featuring classic and contemporary South Asian recipes from her childhood and motherhood. Kausar is best known for her work through Kitchen Craft, an organization she founded in 2009 that offers free nutrition and cooking workshops to women and youth in high-risk communities around Karachi, with the goal of promoting healthy eating and hygiene habits amongst impoverished families. The internationally-acclaimed entrepreneur has served as a chef, food stylist, cooking show producer and host, and culinary instructor in Pakistan and the United States.

Kausar's upcoming classes

Paola grew up in Milan in a family devoted to making good food. When she moved to Seattle in 2005, she started matching local ingredients with regional Italian cooking. Paola began teaching cooking classes at PCC in 2011, and her background includes recipe development for the Italian branch of All Recipes. When she is not in the kitchen, Paola loves to spend time with her family, traveling and exploring new places and discovering new flavors. She believes a beautiful meal starts with fresh, seasonal ingredients, enjoyed with family and friends.

Paola's upcoming classes

Michelle is a registered dietitian and graduate of Bastyr University. She has her own nutrition practice in West Seattle and is the author of several cookbooks, including "Mastering Mindful Eating" released in winter of 2020. She specializes in anti-inflammatory eating, digestive wellness and sustainable weight management through mindful eating. Michelle helps people change their relationships with food and reclaim the joy of eating. She shares her food philosophy and insights on eatplaybe.com.

Michelle's upcoming classes

Heather has been a culinary instructor for many years, first in Southern California and now in the Pacific Northwest. Heather attended culinary school in California and has worked in fine dining restaurants and bakeries all over the world, including Sydney, Chicago and Los Angeles. She loves sharing her passion for food and how it brings people together. When Heather isn’t teaching she enjoys hiking, reading and boxing.

Heather's upcoming classes

Laurence grew up in Chantilly close to Paris with a family of food lovers. As a child, she spent time discovering the flavors of the local farmers markets where her parents were merchants. After more than 20 years in the telco business, she changed career paths to become a pastry chef. As a student at the Ateliers des Sens in Paris, she has been coached by world class teachers from the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts in Paris. Laurence graduated with a French Pastry Chef professional certificate and shares her passion by teaching classes to students of all ages. Laurence loves revisiting traditional French pastries by updating them with spices and fresh herbs.

Laurence's upcoming classes

Lisa has loved the kitchen for as long as she can remember. While she has experience teaching school subjects to elementary students, as well as cooking and baking professionally, Lisa finds real delight helping people of all ages connect to food, empowering them to transform great ingredients into deliciousness for the whole family. When she’s not teaching, Lisa is busy bringing sourdough bread and other pastries, all made from locally-grown, locally-milled flours, to area Farmer’s Markets. Lisa is a member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America.

Lisa's upcoming classes

Rachel is the owner of Thyme to Nourish, a personal chef and food education service focused on whole foods and healthy eating. Trained at the Culinary Arts Program at The Art Institute of Seattle, Rachel spent her early years with a mom who loved to experiment with food. She also immersed herself in Southeast Asian and Indian cuisines while living in Malaysia. Today, Rachel focuses on providing good food to good people and can be found at Thyme2nourish.com.

Rachel's upcoming classes

Zola was born and raised in Seattle by a family that loves to cook. She spent her early years cooking alongside her great-grandmother whom she credits as her greatest inspiration both in the kitchen and out. In 2016 she was offered a job as a pastry chef after making a wedding cake for her Aunt and Uncle and went on to gain experience in all manner of pastries and desserts from Italian gelatos to Parisian croissants. Though Zola has worked professionally as a pastry chef and baker, she maintains that her true passion is her role as a home cook and finds real reward in helping others find success in their own kitchens. When she's not teaching she spends her time writing, listening to history podcasts, and cooking extravagant meals for her family.

Zola's upcoming classes

Jane Hall is passionate about the home economy of cooking and baking, sustainable practices in the kitchen, health, wellness and delicious things for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. She began working in the food industry at age 13 in a bakery and never looked back. After many years in bakeries and cafes, both front and back of house, she worked as a chef for a small software company. Having successfully raised her child on kale and goat cheese she is full of the desire to help others be creative in the kitchen while being mindful of the budget. In addition to teaching, Jane spends part of her time working at FareStart.

Jane's upcoming classes

Pranee learned to cook from her mother and grandmother in Phuket, Thailand. When she came to Seattle, she brought her mortar and pestle and began cooking for friends. She is now a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the owner of I Love Thai Cooking, where she teaches, and shares recipes and cooking wisdom. She goes to Thailand yearly to collect and preserve authentic recipes and is working on a cookbook. Pranee says, “You don’t need to visit Thailand to learn Thai cooking.”

Pranee's upcoming classes

Dimitria is a Seattle native who has always had a passion for all things cheese and entertaining. She is the owner of Grate Boards and will be facilitating our Edmonds and Bellevue events. Find Dimitria on Instagram at @grateboards.

Dimitria's upcoming classes

Shama joined PCC after a 14-year tech career at Microsoft and a brief but wildly successful stint as food truck entrepreneur. Her truck, Roll OK Please, delighted locals with fresh paneer and kathi rolls and even received national recognition from Anthony Bourdain. Now she shares her passion for food and knowledge of regional Indian cuisine through cooking classes. Shama loves demystifying Indian culinary techniques, and showcasing the incredible diversity of dishes and flavors found in Indian cooking.

Shama's upcoming classes

Samantha (Sam) is a Naturopathic Doctor with a huge side passion for cooking nourishing food. As a Physician, Sam focuses her practice on Postpartum care and wellness but has expertise in general reproductive/ Women’s health and digestive wellness. She is super passionate about using nutrition to help folks heal and find more vitality and joy in their life. Before becoming a Naturopath, Sam has always been passionate about cooking and using food as medicine for the body, soul and communities and she believes connecting with healthy food and healthy food systems is a powerful way to connect with the planet. As a person diagnosed with celiac disease at a young age, Sam always had to be creative in the kitchen and has continued to master her superpower of recipe improvisation. When she isn’t cooking, teaching or practicing medicine, Sam is gardening, exploring the great outdoors with her partner or loving on her sweet fur baby (who also enjoys Sam’s homecooked food).

Samantha's upcoming classes

Brittany-born Emma is proud of her Celtic heritage. She learned to make crêpes from her mother, who learned from hers, probably before learning to read. Half of the restaurants in Brittany are crêperies, and Emma is passionate about sharing the authenticity of Breton culture and its cuisine with others. When not cooking, Emma runs a nonprofit, TINFA.org, dedicated to empowering teachers in underserved areas of the world.

Emma's upcoming classes

Chef Ben Leonard brings together cooks from around the world to bond over cooking fresh, delicious, healthy food (with a good helping of food puns sprinkled on). He believes that our lives are made better through our relationship with food and cooking - making for greater connections with ourselves, loved ones and communities.

Born and raised in central Maine, Ben has taken the flavors of his youth and built on them with a global perspective. For many years he worked his way up the ranks in one of Maine’s most celebrated restaurants before moving to Los Angeles and taking on the local food scene there. After working with renowned chefs in Los Angeles, he became the Resident Chef at Sur La Table in the Los Angeles area where he ran one of the most successful cooking programs in the company. Now living in Seattle with his husky, Graham, Ben has spent the last two years teaching thousands of people across the country and the world to cook via live, interactive, online cooking classes.

Ben's upcoming classes

A newly minted resident of Seattle, Joey’s approach to cooking is to highlight techniques-based cooking, which makes any challenge in the kitchen easier! After attending the Culinary Institute of the Pacific in Honolulu, Joey taught culinary and hospitality at the Art Institutes of California, and more recently, he was Resident Chef at Sur la Table in San Diego. Though his career is varied with vast experiences in financial services, IT, MIS and Operations, food and cooking are pure passions. Joey is taking full advantage of the PNW by spending lots of time outdoors, discovering all our amazing food products, and cooking for friends and family whenever possible.

Joseph's upcoming classes

Cynthia Nguyen started Graze Together in 2019 as a passion project that allowed her to be creative, make food pretty, and bring people together. With a background in catering and events, Cynthia truly believes that there’s something so special in bringing people together over great food. Cynthia’s goal with Graze Together is to create wowing and delicious boxes/boards/tables that will elevate people’s special celebrations with their loved ones. Learn more about Cynthia and Graze Together on Instagram at @graze.together.

Cynthia's upcoming classes

Julie O'Brien, Certified Nutritional Therapist, with a background in business and marketing, is the founder and owner of Firefly Kitchens, a Seattle-based company specializing in nutrient-dense, probiotic-rich foods, including sauerkraut and kimchi. She believes that sharing these traditionally fermented foods is the best way to make a contribution to the health of her family, friends and larger community. Julie's combined love of using food as medicine and creating fermented foods led to the creation of her popular cookbook, "Fresh & Fermented."

Julie's upcoming classes

Yary Oslund is a Cuban national who came to the United States in 2003. She acquired her love and respect for food from her mother, who has been a chef for 40 years. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Seattle, Yary shares her passion for cooking natural foods while giving students an unforgettable culinary experience. Yary also graduated as a Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner in 2001 and currently advises her clients on the nutritional value of food and different styles of eating.

Yary's upcoming classes

Elaine was born and raised in Hong Kong, and grew up with authentic Chinese and pan-Asian food. She has lived in Canada and the US for 30 years and traveled to 50 countries. Elaine left the corporate world after 20 years to focus on her passion for home-style cooking. She is the founder of Dash of Soy, a local Seattle culinary school that focuses on sharing the love for simple, delicious and healthy home cooking inspired by her family and all her travels.

Elaine's upcoming classes

Jeannie is a passionate chef and educator who is excited to help others learn to cook and thrive in the kitchen. Jeannie grew up in a very traditional Jewish family where cooking and eating special dishes for huge family meals (many times a year), was normal. Because of this Jeannie realized at a young age that she had a special talent for cooking. Her first job was cooking for a catering company at age 15. In her late 20’s Jeannie found natural, whole food, cooking and hasn’t looked back. This led Jeannie to move to NYC to take courses specific to natural foods cooking and how it affects our lives. Jeannie holds a Chef’s degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and is a certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her intention in getting these degrees was always to teach others how to eat and cook in a way that makes them feel their best. Jeannie worked for many years as a wellness coach and cooking educator in California. Jeannie now lives in Seattle with her family and two dogs.

Jeannie's upcoming classes

Marianna is a pastry chef and Washington native who grew up in the central part of the state. After several years in the veterinary industry, Marianna switched careers and now teaches cooking all around the Puget Sound and as far east as Snoqualmie. Marianna focuses on technique-driven classes and loves to demystify the cooking and baking process and its associated sciences.

Marianna's upcoming classes

Growing up on Mercer Island, Robin Wehl Martin’s first introduction to baking was through her Grandmother. In the years between baking sugar cookies with her grandmother to baking cookies for her own children, Robin continued to hone her craft and her palate. By 2013, her cookies were so in demand for school functions and parties she knew she had outgrown her home kitchen. As luck would have it, that same year Molly Moon (yes, that one) suggested she open a bakery, and it all fell into place. Since then, Hello Robin has become an establishment for cookie and ice cream lovers alike (thanks to the Molly Moons ice cream used in her sandwich cookies!). From inventive themed cookies to the classics, Robin’s experience and passion for her delicious craft is obvious.

Robin's upcoming classes

Eleni was born and raised in Ethiopia. After moving to the United states in 2001, she worked in accounting for a few years. After her first son was born Eleni found herself at home with a lot of time to recreate the kind of dishes she enjoyed growing up in Ethiopia. This time cooking inspired her to begin sharing those dishes with others, and she established her Ethiopian food business, Eleni’s Kitchen. Eleni’s kitchen has been catering traditional Ethiopian food in Portland, OR for the last eight years. Eleni also teaches Ethiopian cooking classes at Portland Community College.

Eleni's upcoming classes

Cam never planned to leave her career as an award-winning journalist, but a life spent cooking — and teaching others the joy of it — finally proved too irresistible. She received her professional culinary training from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition to her work at PCC, she teaches several innovative multidisciplinary cooking classes at Edmonds Heights K-12, covering everything from world folklore and history to science and environmental policy. Her food writing has appeared in publications including The Boston Globe. Follow her on Instagram: @hummingbirdculinary.

Cam's upcoming classes