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

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Winnie inherited her love of food and cooking from her father, a food adventurer. Her passion for sharing culinary knowledge led her to earn an Education and Home Economics degree and become a secondary school teacher.

After moving to the U.S., she continued teaching at culinary schools, specializing in Asian cuisine and pastry arts. A lifelong learner, she has completed several baking and cake decoration programs and has international instructor qualifications for cake decoration and handcrafts in the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong.

Winnie loves challenging herself and has participated in international cake competitions, winning “Best in Show” awards. The best part of participating in these events was meeting talented peers, developing friendships, and having the opportunity to share culinary and artistic passions. As an instructor, Winnie loves to share this knowledge and stories with all of her students.

Winnie's upcoming classes

About the instructor: Tiffany is a farmer and chef who preserves the harvest as much as possible in the summer and fall. As a farmer, she knows the ins and outs of shopping for produce in abundance and how to use everything coming from the garden to save for winter and spring when you crave homegrown produce. As a chef, she will teach safe preservation techniques and guide you through tested recipes to add to your pantry. You will find her canning until all hours of the night when the season is right.

Tiffany'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

Christa Demment González has taught and cooked in different roles around California, Maine, South Carolina and the Caribbean. With a Master’s degree in Nutrition from Bastyr San Diego and over 15 years of experience cooking in unique and challenging environments, she finds new ways to translate nutrition science into simple, mouth-watering recipes. She shares her nutrition knowledge through culinary medicine courses for healthcare professionals. Her enthusiasm encourages warm kitchen conversation and empowers participants to build their culinary confidence and recipe toolkit while exploring flavors and foods from around the world.

Christa'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 Gregory is a local food writer, recipe developer and former pastry chef. She writes a bi-weekly recipe column for the online magazine, TASTE, and her work has also appeared in Food52 and Bon Appetit. Zola’s classes are centered around supporting the home cook and emphasize getting comfortable in the kitchen through technique, a little bit of food science, and, most importantly, a sense of humor.

Zola's upcoming classes

Michelle is a culinary enthusiast proudly rooted in her hometown of Seattle. Inspired by the vibrant community and diverse ingredients of the city, Michelle embarked on a culinary journey that began in restaurants and evolved into freelance recipe development and culinary production. She collaborates with restaurants and companies, weaving cohesive and vibrant menus, as well as crafting engaging food content for social media. Most recently, Michelle has been creating instructional recipe videos online. She is now thrilled to share her expertise and passion in-person.

In her leisure time, Michelle channels her culinary creativity into crafting canned goods, making chocolates, catering small events and hosting her friends for dinner. Join Michelle in her classes where she turns everyday ingredients into delightful, memorable meals.

Michelle's upcoming classes

Chef Dave has been cooking, teaching, and running kitchens for the past 20 years in multiple states and venues, including a two-year stint in Mumbai, India. Over the past three years, he has combined his diverse professional experiences to create Woodinville Sauce Co., a business that embodies his identity as an entrepreneur.

Chef Dave is very excited to "talk sauce," share his story, and connect with PCC members.

Dave'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

Joanna Lepore Dwyer is a chocolate maker, pastry chef, and artist. She is passionate about creating culinary experiences to encourage connections between individuals and where their food comes from! She holds a certificate in sensory science from The Institute of Food Technologists, a BFA in Sculpture, and 20+ years’ experience in fine pastry, chocolate making, and culinary training in NYC and Seattle including a 10-year stint at Theo Chocolate as head of Product Development.

When she is not helping national chocolate brands develop new products and training QC teams in sensory science, she works with a colleague under the moniker A Matter of Taste to incorporate culinary experiences into Corporate and Non-Profit professional development agendas.

Joanna's upcoming classes

Pastry chef Nico Caballero has cooked and baked his way through 5 states and 4 countries, include staging at a bakery in France. He graduated with a BA in Music Composition from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, and while he still loves to make music, food is a deep passion for him. He believes a large part of cooking is sharing the cultural experience of food with those around you, and making it an interactive experience is the best way to learn and have fun!

Nico Caballero's upcoming classes

Vindi received her certificate III from the William Angliss Institute of Melbourne. Since then, she has worked as a baker and pastry chef in several bakeries both in Melbourne and Seattle. Vindi believes learning never stops and that everyone has room to grow. This is why she likes to share her knowledge and skills with others. Also, food always tastes better when shared! Vindi is also active online, sharing her bakes on her blog, providing detailed instructions to help others achieve tasty results. Learn more about Vindi on Instagram at @vindiskitchen.

Vindi's upcoming classes

Brandon Rouge is a local Seattle-born chef who is passionate about cooking healthy and delicious plant-based foods. Having struggled with his own personal health issues and dietary restrictions over the past two decades, Chef Rouge seeks to help people heal themselves while enjoying good food. He specializes in making allergen-friendly plant based versions of traditional comfort foods using whole food ingredients. In addition to cooking, Rouge is an avid Qi Gong Enthusiast, Meditation Practitioner, and Puppy Whisperer.

Brandon's upcoming classes

Chef Kat got her start in her parents' Mediterranean restaurant while in high school. Kat then attended California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, followed by a 3-month internship in Dublin, Ireland. From there her 20+ year career spans fine dining, large scale catering events, and being a private chef. When the youngest of her children developed serious food allergies her culinary focus shifted and she’s now a master at adapting recipes to exclude common allergens. When she's not cooking, you can find her in her garden, baking or at a local yoga class.

Katherine's upcoming classes

Chaahat is a trained chef from the food capital of India-Delhi. She ran a successful Curry business supplying sauces and curries to restaurants and warehouses in Canada for 14 years. I make msg, gluten and nut free curries that freeze well. After moving to Seattle in 2020 she started a private chef business providing India meals catering to people with special requirements like keto, dairy free, vegan, and cultural and religious restricted Indian cuisine like Jain and Saatvik.

She specializes in North Indian food but loves experimenting with different regional and cross culture cuisines. Chaahat is passionate about India's diverse food culture. She loves educating food lovers that Indian cuisine is more than butter chicken—it's healthy, simple, and authentic.

Chaahat'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

Juanita offers a distinctive perspective as a non-alcoholic beverage expert and educator, blending over two decades of customer service expertise with a background in education and workforce development. Juanita has spent most of her life in the service industry in some capacity, including 12 years at a prominent Seattle wine bar where she gained deep insights into flavor nuances through wine and food education.
As the founder of The NA Sommelier, Juanita combines her passion for beverages with her versatile skill set. Through informative resources, pop-up nonalcoholic bars, mocktail classes and hospitality consulting services, she aims to share knowledge and cultivate a deeper appreciation for non-alcoholic drinks. Juanita creates immersive learning environments that empower individuals to explore and experiment with flavors and helps students build easy and versatile toolkits they can use to build their own unique mocktails at home.

Juanita's upcoming classes

Shortly after graduating from Seattle Culinary Academy in her early twenties, Susan moved to New York with dreams of working in food TV. While in the city, she spent many years working as a food stylist, recipe developer, and culinary producer at notable companies such as Food Network and Buzzfeed Tasty. She has worked on set for fan-favorite shows such as Iron Chef America, Bobby Flay’s Barbeque Addiction, and Rachael Ray’s Week in a Day.

With a recent temporary move back to the west coast, she now spends most of her days developing recipes for cookbooks and various private clients in her home kitchen while singing and dancing to BTS. Several of her most recent projects include New York Times Bestseller Exquisite Exandria: The Official Cookbook of Critical Role, The Official Bridgerton Guide to Entertaining, and the soon-to-be-released The Official Stardew Valley Cookbook.

In Susan’s classes, she will share deliciously whimsical recipes that are inspired by her Vietnamese-American upbringing and her nearly 20-year career in food media.

Susan's upcoming classes

Natalia began her culinary journey at age eight, at her grandparents' kitchen, in Moscow, Russia. They played a significant role in guiding Natalia's personal development as a chef and as an ambassador of wholesome, gourmet meals, using local ingredients and "around-the-world" spices and cooking methods. After completing her training at Culinary Academy of Moscow, Natalia continued honing her culinary skills, traveling around Europe and studying various cooking styles under guidance of local chefs. She provides knowledgeable insight on diverse menus of Russian and European regions. Natalia also provides personal chef services with an emphasis on healthy and delicious meals. Her culinary philosophy, "one does not need to travel the world in order to learn global cuisine" is represented by her cooking classes, where students get a chance to explore many different cuisines and food preparations.

Natalia's upcoming classes

Chef Carol received a BS at the University of Illinois in Hotel Restaurant Management, an Associates in Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of America-NY, and a Masters in Hospitality and Tourism Management at Roosevelt University.

After working for various restaurant groups in Chicago, she went on to teach Culinary Arts at the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago for 12 years as an Associate Professor. Carol and her partner moved to Seattle in 2016 to run a program teaching engineers to cook for a tech company.

Carol enjoys the outdoors and when the weather permits, you'll find her on the hiking trails and camping whenever possible. She is always thinking about what her next meal is and loves to cook for family and friends.

Carol's upcoming classes