Very cool project. Their mission: “To spread culture through food. Empowering people to learn and share authentic ethnic cuisine”.
Can world leaders please take note? Better understanding of human commonalities can be achieved through a good home cooked meal.
Our Master Cooks
Aminah is the ultimate host showing her guest the warmest of welcomes. You will certainly never go hungry with Aminah around as she is certain to make sure everyone gets enough to eat. Aminah’s gentle and kind demeanor make everyone feel at home. Come learn how to make incredible Afghan cuisine and learn now tasty rice can be with almonds, pistachios, raisins and tender meats.
Aradhita loves to cook and people love to eat her food. She started catering for friends and family and the word of her great food spread so quickly that she had more orders than she could handle in a day. She stopped catering to be able to spend more time with her two young daughters, but still whips up a meal for 30 friends without a sweat. Aradhita has a more serious demeanor, but when she cracks a smile you can see how much she loves creating all of the incredible meals she does.
Baraka has mastered cooking incredible family style Iraqi food by cooking for her six children over the years! Baraka’s welcoming and loving smile can make anyone feel at home when in her kitchen. Don’t let Baraka’s sweet demeanor fool you, she’s got spunk and is full of stories to keep you loving every minute of your time with her.
Dang worked in a bank in Thailand and came to the U.S. when many of her relatives had moved to the states and encouraged her to come. Dang has never been a fan of computers and as the banking industry changed with computers, she looked for new work. Once arriving in the U.S. she very much missed the food of her home country and learned to cook Thai dishes achieving the flavors she missed so much.
Letty moved to the U.S. ten years ago from Colombia. She lives in Santa Clara with her husband and two sons who enjoy her Colombian daily. Letty grew up with a mother who loved cooking and vegetables, publishing a cookbook called Chupa de los Dedos (Lick you finger tips) in Colombia to share her food knowledge.
Linh was born in Vietnam, but spent much of her childhood growing up in LA’s Little Saigon. Don’t let Linh’s young age fool you, she grew up with an army of aunts instilling traditional Vietnamese cooking skills in her. Linh’s deep understanding of both Vietnamese and American cultures along with her naturally easy going personality make her a unique wealth of knowledge and incredible cooking instructor. Linh has the know and the how to woo any student lucky enough to be in her presence. Take one of her classes to find out for yourself!
Maria may be young, but her passion for food and cooking have filled many of her years making her a master chef. Maria’s excitement for food has helped her to explore and get a real understanding of many cultures, but her favorite cuisine is still her home cuisine, Peruvian food! Come learn how to make everything Maria grew-up eating and cooking in Lima. Being Peruvian Maria has an affinity to seafood and knows the freshest ways to prepare everything that comes from the sea.
Maria Lourdes grew-up in Nicaragua, has lived in Mexico and been living in the U.S. for many years. She pulls all the stops out making full Nicaraguan meals for her grandchildren when they visit weekly. Maria Lourdes’s honest and outgoing personality leave her students with smiles from all of her great stories.
Paloma lives in East Palo Alto and is originally from Mexico. Paloma’s first class of students were lucky to have not only Paloma, but also her daughter along side her, getting to learn from two master Mexican chefs. Her calming presence and talkative personality make her a natural teacher – come see her in action!
Sophie is a French expatriate living in Palo Alto. She grew up in French Alpes, between a lake and the mountains in Annecy near Geneva. From a very young age, Sophie has been fascinated with food and the blending of flavors. Since Sophie was 5 years old, she has been enjoying learning to cook traditional French recipes while helping in the kitchen my mother and my old brother. Today, her brother has his own gastronomic restaurant called “Aromatik” in the height of the old town Annecy.
Suchitra spent years learning to cooking Indian cuisine from her mother-in-law until her mother-in-law felt confident Suchitra could cook well for her son. Having learned in this way from not only her mother, but her mother-in-law as well, Suchitra has a great understanding of what it means to learn from another at home in the kitchen as well as teach from her own kitchen. Suchitra has taught her daughter and her daughter’s excited friends how to make authentic Indian cuisine. Her combination of calmness and playfulness make her a natural teacher and one you don’t want to miss!
Suparvadee’s non-Thai friends call her Susan. We met Suparvadee through her friend and loved Culture Kitchen chef, Dang. Suparvadee’s gentle presence will charm you and might even make you feel like the kind Thai mother you wish you always had. Suparvadee has a knack for creating beautiful things. Ask her to demonstrate her skilled knife know-how as she carves intricate flowers out of fruits and vegetables.
Yulie loves cooking and eating so much that when we first met her she showed us handfuls of pictures and at least half of the dishes were her favorites, and the other half were her son’s favorites. Yulie used to do catering for friends and family and has since retired from this business, but old customers still beg her to go back to catering because they miss her food so much. Be one of the first to take Yulie’s class and learn from a true master chef.