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Our instructors

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

Iole Aguero, PCC Cooks instructor

Iole Aguero

Iole Aguero credits her love affair with fine Italian cooking to the teachings of her mother in her homeland of southern Italy. After many years of refining her cooking techniques in the United ...
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Paola Albanesi, PCC Cooks instructor

Paola Albanesi

Paola Albanesi grew up in Milan in a family devoted to making good food; her parents owned a gelato store for 20 years. She spent most of her life in the kitchen cooking with mama and nonna first, ...
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Birgitte Antonsen, PCC Cooks instructor

Birgitte Antonsen

Birgitte Antonsen, N.T.P., cultivated her love of great food and food preparation as a youngster in her native Denmark. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York and is a ...
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Uma Bangalore, PCC Cooks instructor

Uma Bangalore

When Uma moved to the United States 22 years ago from Bangalore, India, she knew little about cooking, but her palate was exposed to a wide range of Indian dishes that her family made at home. Here ...
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Shelley Baumgarten, PCC Cooks instructor

Shelley Baumgarten

Shelley Adatto-Baumgarten is a second generation Sephardic (Turkish) Jew and has been baking stuffed savory pastries and Sephardic desserts regularly for the last twenty years. She developed a love ...
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Erica Boberg, PCC Cooks instructor

Erica Boberg

Erica Boberg’s love of wine and beer goes hand in hand with her love of food, cooking and anything local.  Wherever she travels you will find her seeking out the local brews, walking the rows of ...
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Jason Brzozowy, PCC Cooks instructor

Jason Brzozowy

Jason Brzozwy's interest in food began at a young age from watching Jacques Pepin, Julia Child, and "Great Chefs, Great Cities" on PBS. Originally from Milwaukee, he attended the University ...
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Abby Canfield, PCC Cooks instructor

Abby Canfield

Abby Canfield earned a degree in restaurant and resort management from Colorado State University. She traveled to Switzerland with other students to attend a hospitality program, and was awarded a ...
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Christina Chung, PCC Cooks instructor

Christina Chung

Christina Chung was born and raised in Hong Kong, where she learned to cook from her grandparents. She studied Japanese cooking in Tokyo, and French cooking at Le Cordon Bleu, Japan. She also took ...
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Erin Coopey, PCC Cooks instructor

Erin Coopey

Erin Coopey is a chef, cookbook author and food photographer. She has molded her passion into a career, sharing her love of cooking and good food with hundreds of students. In addition to teaching, ...
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Jeff  Cox, PCC Cooks instructor

Jeff Cox

Jeff Cox’s enological epiphany occurred with a bottle of Côtes du Rhône on the walls surrounding Avignon, France. With more than 20 years in the wine and food business, seeking wines with character, ...
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Lisa Crawford, PCC Cooks instructor

Lisa Crawford

Lisa Crawford has loved the kitchen for as long as she can remember, starting with cooking and baking with her mom, sisters, aunts and cousins. This love continued into adulthood where she has ...
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Kory DeAngelo, M.S., R.D.N., PCC Cooks instructor

Kory DeAngelo, M.S., R.D.N.

Kory is a registered dietitian who is passionate about whole foods nutrition and mind-body health. Her philosophy focuses on using whole foods as medicine to help clients make changes over time to ...
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Heather Dickinson, PCC Cooks instructor

Heather Dickinson

Heather Dickinson is passionate about cooking delicious allergy-friendly foods. She has always enjoyed cooking, with almost a decade of experience thinking outside of the box to accommodate limited ...
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Rachel Duboff, PCC Cooks instructor

Rachel Duboff

Rachel Duboff 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 Seattle Art Institute,...
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Seppo Farrey, PCC Cooks instructor

Seppo Farrey

Seppo Farrey is a culinary instructor, personal chef and author with more than 30 years' experience in the culinary fileld, and a background in exercise physiology and nutrition science. His first ...
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Jackie Freeman, PCC Cooks instructor

Jackie Freeman

Jackie Freeman has been cooking professionally in catering companies, private kitchens and restaurants for more than 15 years. She transitioned from the kitchen to the country where she raised ...
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Darin Gagner, PCC Cooks instructor

Darin Gagner

Darin Gagner began cooking as a way out of a sleepy small town in Eastern Washington, and ended up travelling coast to coast to learn as much as he could about regional American cuisine. A 15 year ...
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Maria Galvao, PCC Cooks instructor

Maria Galvao

Maria Galvao is a native Portuguese who grew up in West Africa, and is a parent passionate about cooking and baking. She believes that these activities enhance creativity and promote sharing in ...
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Devra Gartenstein, PCC Cooks instructor

Devra Gartenstein

Devra Gartenstein is the founder of  Patty Pan Cooperative, Seattle’s oldest farmers market concession. She is the author of two cookbooks, “The Accidental Vegan” and “Local Bounty: ...
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Sureyya Gokeri, PCC Cooks instructor

Sureyya Gokeri

Sureyya Gokeri is from Turkey close to the Syrian border on the coast, where Turkish food is a blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern styles. She loves the richness and uniqueness of her culture ...
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Alicia Guy, PCC Cooks instructor

Alicia Guy

Alicia Guy enjoys welcoming children into the kitchen and encouraging a love for all things culinary at an early age. With two children, she is always practicing inviting and fun ways to introduce ...
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Pranee Halvorsen, PCC Cooks instructor

Pranee Halvorsen

Pranee Halvorsen 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 ...
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Jess Haynie-Lavelle

Jess Haynie-Lavelle grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, where food and community were interchangeable. Food has continued to be a source of communion and values, no matter where her travels take her. She ...
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Allison Hill, PCC Cooks instructor

Allison Hill

Allison Hill is a Chef and Food Service Manager at a K-8 school where she cooks lunch for 200-plus people a day. She also enjoys planning and preparing vegetarian food for yoga retreats. She is a ...
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Stephen Johnson, PCC Cooks instructor

Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson came into the wine industry via the world of espresso, two passions that go hand in hand.  He got his wine training one bottle at a time, with the help of some very knowledgeable ...
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Ami Karnosh, M.S., C.N. , PCC Cooks instructor

Ami Karnosh, M.S., C.N.

Ami Karnosh, M.S., is a Nutritionist, founder of the Yummy Mummy Cookies company, and author/illustrator of the children's book, Let's Eat: A Book About Food. Ami loves nourishing others through ...
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Marcus McHenry, PCC Cooks instructor

Marcus McHenry

Marcus McHenry has been cooking since he was nine and has been a professional cook for almost 17 years. For Marcus, cooking is like breathing; it is that important to him. He is currently the Chef de ...
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Nicole Milne, PCC Cooks instructor

Nicole Milne

Nicole Milne began her cake dreams at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Baking and Patisserie in 2008. She did an internship at Macrina Bakery creating rustic cakes and now has a career at PCC. Becoming ...
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Hannah Morgan, PCC Cooks instructor

Hannah Morgan

Hannah Morgan earned her cooking stripes preparing meals for the most demanding critics: her two young children. She loves exposing kids to new flavors and helping them learn to prepare food for ...
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Leif Olson, PCC Cooks instructor

Leif Olson

The roots of Leif Olson's affinity for great food started in rural Kitsap County where his family raised and grew lots of the food they prepared and ate. From chickens, ducks and livestock to acres ...
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Yary Oslund, PCC Cooks instructor

Yary Oslund

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 ...
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Lisa Palmatier, PCC Cooks instructor

Lisa Palmatier

Lisa Palmatier has been teaching for more than 15 years, and is constantly surprised by the imagination of children and their eagerness to learn new things. Cooking whole foods and living a healthy ...
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Robert Petersen, PCC Cooks instructor

Robert Petersen

Robert Petersen grew up surrounded by vineyards in California’s Livermore Valley and later worked at a winery in Sonoma County back when top Napa Cabernet was $7.99. He has worked for PCC since 1980 ...
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Laurie Pfalzer, PCC Cooks instructor

Laurie Pfalzer

Laurie Pfalzer encourages lively discussions with students about baking and pastry technique, seasonal produce and specialty products, and is passionate about teaching not only the “how,” but the “...
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Danielle Premo, PCC Cooks instructor

Danielle Premo

Danielle Premo is a personal chef, cooking instructor and graduate of Bastyr University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Culinary Arts. Her passion is for creating ...
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Nick Rose, M.S., PCC Cooks instructor

Nick Rose, M.S.

Nick Rose, M.S., leads weekly Walk, Talk and Taste classes, where he reveals the seasonal, sustainable and delicious food choices found at PCC. Before coming to PCC, Nick taught nutrition courses at ...
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Jennifer Schroeder, PCC Cooks instructor

Jennifer Schroeder

Having lived and worked in Mexico for several years as a school teacher, Jen was greatly influenced by the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Latin America's open-air markets. She has learned many ...
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Seri Sedlacek, PCC Cooks instructor

Seri Sedlacek

Seri Sedlacek is the Beer and Wine Steward at Edmonds PCC.
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Lesa Sullivan, PCC Cooks instructor

Lesa Sullivan

Lesa is a culinary educator and the owner of lesacooks.com, a personal chef service focused on providing local, sustainable and healthy foods to clients in the Seattle area. When she's not exploding ...
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Kim Trimmer, PCC Cooks instructor

Kim Trimmer

Kim Trimmer began her cooking career at age of four with her Easy Bake oven and then became a “real” cook through the Reddy Kilowatt baking school at age seven. As an elementary school counselor, ...
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Lynne Vea, PCC Cooks instructor

Lynne Vea

Lynne Vea is a graduate of the Executive Chef Program at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. She has been in the restaurant and catering industry for more than 20 years and has worked as an executive chef for ...
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Marilyn Walls, M.S., PCC Cooks instructor

Marilyn Walls, M.S.

Marilyn Walls, M.S., is a graduate of Bastyr University, where she subsequently taught for three years. She has been a long-time staffer at PCC, where she has created healthy recipes and shared her ...
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Cam Zarcone, PCC Cooks instructor

Cam Zarcone

Camela Zarcone received her professional culinary training at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, Mass. She has worked in bakeries, written about food for The Boston Globe, and taught ...
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