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Besides extensive culinary training, and a broad base of cooking experiences, all the chef instructors at share a critical food philosophy in common; the importance of quality ingredience, both fresh and from the pantry. It is really surprising how quality ingredients can transform a dish from ordinary to extraordinary, without any more time or effort or skill in the kitchen.

Introducing 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, she has published multiple recipes in local and national publications, edited a series of professional culinary DVDs, and presented on television. Her business, The Glorified HomeChef, embodies her belief that cooking should be fun and accessible. Long before she changed careers and went to culinary school, she was just like you -- she loved to cook and entertain. Now she shares her professional knowledge with home cooks in easy, fun, delicious ways through books, blogging and classes. Her first cookbook, "The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook," will be published in August 2013.

Introducing Pam Sawyer

Pam Samper grew up in Upstate New York, and as an early gardener, has always been excited by what’s in season. Pam had the opportunity to live in Miami, enjoying tropical cooking, then in Madrid, where she learned Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine. Pam graduated from Seattle Culinary Academy and has been cooking professionally for over 10 years. Besides teaching cooking classes at PCC Natural Markets and, now,, she has worked in bistro restaurants, as a catering chef, and most recently as a culinary instructor and private chef. A young gardener at heart, she maintains an organic garden year round and is inspired by creative, healthy cooking.

Introducing Lesa Sullivan

Lesa Sullivan is a chef and food educator with more than thirteen years' experience in Seattle. She has taught with several culinary organizations including Pacific Culinary Studio, 21 Acres Farm School, Sur La Table, PCC Natural Markets,, and FareStart’s Adult Culinary Program. She is the owner of, a personal chef service that brings local, sustainable, and healthy foods to folks in the Greater Puget Sound area.

Introducing Karen Binkhorst

Karen Binkhorst and I have been the owner, chief cook and bottle-washer for Home Meals with Karen my personal chef and catering company since 1997. She is the owner of, and she loves, loves, loves to cook. She also loves to teach -- and has been doing just that form over 18 years. Tasty, flavorful, fresh and healthy meals that people can create on their own at home is what she focuses on. 
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