"...no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing"
- Julia Child
"The best thing you can do for your health is learn how to cook"
- Michael Pollan
Linda is the chef instructor of The Culinary Classroom. Her Italian heritage and numerous travels to Italy have inspired her interest in creating fabulous food for her family and friends. Linda has studied culinary skills at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, as well as schools in various locations in the Philadelphia area.
She recently retired from a career in education as a teacher and reading specialist. Since teaching is in her blood, as well as a love of great cuisine and entertaining, The Culinary Classroom provides the opportunity to combine these experiences and interests in an enjoyable way for Linda to share with others.
Linda lives in the Reading area with her husband, Mike, and their dog,Sadie.
"The Culinary Classroom is a culmination of my two life passions – cooking and teaching. After a long career as an educator, I am now bringing the classroom into my home to provide my clients adventurous, delicious, healthy and a fun cooking experience. In the beautiful and friendly setting of my home, I invite my clients to learn hands-on culinary techniques and skills. Everyone prepares and cooks their own meal while enjoying the evening with great conversation and an intimate dining experience. This makes a wonderful team building opportunity, office holiday party, or a great way to reward a client."
Our main chef and instructional expert in our kids' cooking program. Kate is a certified elementary teacher currently working as an intervention specialist in the Wilson School District. Having achieved much experience with kids in the elementary and middle school years, Kate is well acquainted with the tastes, preferences, and learning styles of this diverse group. In addition to her instructional duties, Kate has been a coordinator for a federally funded Kids Shape program focusing on healthy eating habits and lifestyles for kids and their families.