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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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Michelle Babb, M.S., R.D., PCC Cooks instructor

Michelle Babb, M.S., R.D.

Michelle Babb, M.S., R.D., is an adjunct professor at Bastyr University and has her own nutrition practices in West Seattle and Wallingford. She specializes in therapeutic, family-focused nutrition ...
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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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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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Heather Dickinson, PCC Cooks instructor

Heather Dickinson

Heather Dickinson is passionate about cooking delicious allergy-friendly foods. Hiking, reading and spending time with her family are some of her favorite past times. She is a trained teacher who has ...
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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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Denise Fong, PCC Cooks instructor

Denise Fong

Denise Fong has been a cooking enthusiast for many years, and her road to a healthier lifestyle is something she enthusiastically shares with others. She is from a large family, and learned early on ...
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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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Ronit Gourarie, PCC Cooks instructor

Ronit Gourarie

Ronit Gourarie has been making bread her whole life and has been teaching breadmaking at PCC since 2002. she holds a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University. She has a passion for food ...
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Tamara Guyton, PCC Cooks instructor

Tamara Guyton

Tamara Guyton has been cooking with kids of all ages for many years in schools, housing projects and at home. She likes working alongside children in the kitchen because they say things like, “This ...
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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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Teri Herr, PCC Cooks instructor

Teri Herr

Teri Herr was an elementary school teacher for 13 years, and her favorite subject to teach was The Human Body and Nutrition. She believes it is a gift to witness children “in wonder” with food as ...
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Monica Hinckley, PCC Cooks instructor

Monica Hinckley

Monica Hinckley's food philosophy is taken from her New Orleans roots, her years spent traveling and living in Asia, and her experience cooking and entertaining for friends and family. She is the ...
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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., PCC Cooks instructor

Ami Karnosh, M.S., M.S.

Ami Karnosh, M.S., is a certified nutritionist, author of the children's book, Let's Eat: A Book About Food, and co-founder of the Yummy Mummy Baking Company. Ami loves cooking and encouraging people ...
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Kanako Koizumi, PCC Cooks instructor

Kanako Koizumi

Kanako Koizumi is from Akita in northern Japan. She started cooking when she was in the third grade to help her working mother. She is a caterer and personal chef who has a passion for food and loves ...
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Kelly Lake, PCC Cooks instructor

Kelly Lake

Kelly has been teaching kids and families how to cook on farms and in kitchens for eight years. Her passion for education stems from her own experience of discovering how delicious, nourishing and ...
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Olaiya Land, PCC Cooks instructor

Olaiya Land

Olaiya Land is a Seattle-based culinarian, teacher and vegetable-whisperer. She spent five years in Brussels and Paris studying, teaching and stalking the world's best chocolate, wine, waffles and ...
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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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Marcia Newlands, PCC Cooks instructor

Marcia Newlands

Marcia Newlands owned and operated the Savory Gourmet, a successful Seattle catering company, for five years before heading to Morocco to serve in the Peace Corps for two years. She has worked in ...
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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 graduated from Bastyr University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition and culinary arts. Her passion is for creating and sharing meals with others, and building community ...
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Shari Roberts, PCC Cooks instructor

Shari Roberts

Shari Roberts loves to please friends and family through her favorite pastime of baking. As a chemist, she feels the magic of chemistry coming alive each time she produces a delicious loaf, cookie or ...
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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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Shauna Schultz, R.D., PCC Cooks instructor

Shauna Schultz, R.D., RD

Shauna Schultz is a Registered Dietitian, whose goal is to provide the education and support needed to achieve better health. She is an advocate for plant-based nutrition and believes nourishment ...
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Barbara Schwartz, PCC Cooks instructor

Barbara Schwartz

Barbara is an award-winning pie maker and she makes pies for the Madrona restaurant, St. Clouds. She has been sharing her secrets to making the most delectable pie crust around at PCC Cooks&...
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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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Becky Selengut, PCC Cooks instructor

Becky Selengut

Becky Selengut is a private chef, author (Washington Local and Seasonal Cookbook, Good Fish), columnist (Edible Seattle) and cooking teacher. She worked for 3 years at the internationally acclaimed ...
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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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Archana Verma, PCC Cooks instructor

Archana Verma

Archana Verma is from a university town 300 miles from Delhi, India. She grew up in a home with health-conscious parents and a rich heritage of Punjabi North Indian cuisine; healthy eating and an ...
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Irina Vodonos, PCC Cooks instructor

Irina Vodonos

Irina Vodonos grew up in Moscow, Russia. As a child, she learned to cook from her mother and grandmother, helping out in the kitchen by cranking their old-fashioned cast iron meat grinder or stuffing ...
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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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