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About Our Chefs

  • Iole Aguero – Limonciello

    Iole credits her love affair with fine Italian cooking to the early teachings of her mother back in her homeland of southern Italy.  After many years of refining her cooking techniques in the United States (and on continuous yearly return trips to Italy), Iole continues to share her sensational Italian cuisines here in Seattle and throughout her travels. She’s best known for teaching students how to make rave-worthy, authentic Italian meals using basic ingredients and reliable techniques that are sure to become popular in their recipe file.

  • Jennifer Berry

    Jennifer is a culinary arts instructor, private chef and recipe developer, she is a graduate of The Seattle Culinary Academy where she is also a part time instructor. Jennifer has over a decade of restaurant experience working under Jonathan Sundstrom at Lark Seattle. Jennifer spent her early life in the kitchen with her grandmother making homemade pasta, foraging for blackberries and using up every leftover available. Her food is heavily influenced by her Italian family and the seasonal bounty of the Pacific Northwest.  Jennifer recently started a food blog to document her family’s traditions and the foods she has created for them, you can follow her @chefjenskitchen.

  • Carol Dearth

    Carol Dearth has trained as both an educator and a chef. After 26 years of living and teaching in numerous cities both within the United States and in Europe, while gaining a wide spectrum of culinary experiences, Carol settled in Bellevue and established Sizzleworks Cooking School as principal chef and owner. She served as co-host of the local PBS affiliate station’s principal fund-raising event, KCTS Cooks for nine years. Throughout her career, a single lesson learned early while studying in Naples Italy became the foundation of her approach to cooking – let the food taste like the food.  That means starting with high-quality fresh ingredients and adding excellent culinary techniques to highlight the star of any meal, the food – accessible, genuine and lacking pretentiousness.

  • Drew Flanders

    Drew is a Culinary Instructor at Seattle Culinary Academy. Drew grew up surrounded by farms in the heart of Oregon wine country. His childhood was spent eating cornbread and fried chicken cooked by his southern grandmas. He started cooking in his uncle’s restaurant in high school and fell in love with the hospitality industry. He lived, ate, cooked, and ate some more in New Orleans before moving to Seattle. In Seattle he attended culinary school and spent many years as a Chef Instructor at FareStart where he witnessed the positive impact food and cooking can make in people’s lives. He has studied with traditional butchers in France and Italy and helped friends launch a successful farmstead charcuterie business in Guernsey. Drew loves to share his passion for grandma’s cooking, community building through food, nose-to-tail butchery, artisan charcuterie, sustainability, and fermentation & preservation.

  • Gino Garcia

    Gino Garcia is a trained chef, culinary educator, and author of Disney Pixar’s Coco: The Official Cookbook. Gino’s style of cooking is inspired by his familial roots in Mexico and his upbringing in the agricultural regions of California’s central valley. Currently based out of Seattle, Washington, he enjoys hosting pop-up events celebrating regional cuisines of Mexico and Latin America, teaching cooking classes, and building community through food and storytelling.

    Before entering the cooking world, Gino worked as a consultant in the public health sector focusing on issues related to improved nutrition, food access, healthcare, and disease prevention in immigrant and BIPOC communities.

  • Baylor PascHall

    Baylor is a Chef-Instructor for Seattle Culinary Academy, where he instructs future professional bakers on breads, viennoiserie, and all manners of fermentation. Baylor is an alumni of the pastry program at SCA, he was the executive pastry chef at Choukette, an eclair shop in the heart of Pike’s Place Market, sous chef at Bakery Nouveau, and honed his craft baking for a Michelin-star restaurant on the French Riviera. His passion for bread is only rivaled by his passion for bagels, so, more bread?  Baylor is enthusiastic about the transformative power of fermentation, and loves to share that enthusiasm with others.

  • Tiffany Ran

    Tiffany Ran is a Taiwanese-American chef who has worked in Seattle’s restaurant kitchens for over a decade. She founded Babalio Taiwanese Pop-Up in 2018 after years of feeling homesick and unable to find many of the dishes she missed from home. Tiffany returns to Taiwan once a year for apprenticeships with Taiwanese chefs, food vendors, and at Michelin-starred restaurants. Babalio is a pop-up focused on showcasing Taiwanese flavors. It strives to introduce underrated dishes that are less often found outside of Taiwan and share stories about our cuisine. The name Babalio in Mandarin means “886”, the international calling code to Taiwan. The pop-up’s menus strive to act as a culinary calling card, with flavors that bring a sense of home while also bearing the influence and bounty of the Northwest. 

  • James Sherrill

    James has lent his creative touch to many restaurants in his native Seattle, as well as San Francisco. In San Francisco he worked several positions at Jardinière and then went on to take the sous chef position at the two Michelin-starred seafood restaurant, Aqua. In Seattle, he worked with Jason Wilson at Crush. He then served as chef de cuisine at Restaurant Zoë and executive chef at Re:public and Single Shot. In 2014 he was presented a Rising Star Chef award by Seattle Met Magazine. James is now chef owner of Lovely Night Catering and now opened the Freya at the Nordic Museum with his wife Gelsey.

  • Barbara Sowatsky

    Barbara grew up in a large Italian family in Chicago cooking with her mother, grandmother and aunts where huge Sunday dinners lasted for hours.  After ditching a career as a chemical engineer, she returned to her culinary roots and graduated with honors from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.  She went on to work with Nancy Oaks, Alice Waters, Martin Yan and her favorite, Jacques Pepin.  She combines a passion for food with the love of inspiring people in down to earth and approachable manner to empower students with techniques rather than recipes to allow them to venture past “paint by numbers” and move on to creating Picassos!

  • Thanh Tang

    Professional Pastry Chef Thanh was born and raised in Seattle. Thanh (that’s John with a T) always loved to be in the kitchen and aspired to be a teacher since the age of 5. After two years at the University of Washington as a Drama major, Thanh decided that his heart belonged in the culinary world. A 2009 graduate of Seattle Culinary Academy, Thanh has held several pastry chef positions in the Seattle area, at Wild Ginger, Triple Door, and Jerry Traunfeld’s Capitol Hill Restaurant Poppy.  Thanh believes that cooking should be fun and stress free. His Philosophy is you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you came from; the simplest things are always the hardest to master.  Hence, a strong understanding of cultures and techniques associated with a recipe is the secret foundation of any great cook.

  • Jennifer Tarantino Reyes

    Jennifer started her gastronomic journey attending Kendal Culinary school in Chicago in the mid 90’s where she soon discovered that most of her favorite things to eat start with celery, carrots and onions; or at the very least, one of the three. She cooked professionally as a caterer, line cook, and pastry apprentice, but never stopped being a “home cook”. Home cooking is her passion!  In 2009, Jennifer created a blog to store all her recipes, celerycarrotsandonions.com. She hopes to inspire Whisk guests to… stand lovingly over a simmering pot, wait anxiously for rising bread dough, frost cupcakes with care, marinate, brine, and most importantly…make it yourself!

  • Hend Yahya

    Chef Hend Yahya is a culinary trained professional and graduate. She has trained and worked in various kitchens under Michelin Star chefs as well as high end catering companies. Her love and respect for regional and international cuisines has brought her to work in celebrated food cities such as Paris, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Portland, Honolulu and now Seattle. Years ago, she incidentally discovered her passion to teach others how to cook and has since made the switch from working behind the scenes in kitchens, to showcasing in front of students. She brings patience, attention and skill to every class in the hopes that every student will be inspired to cook at home and try something new. Her storytelling through food is her favorite way of engaging with people, forming connections and understandings.”Chef Yahya cites that “The best part of teaching my students is two-fold — meeting and making so many new friends who enjoy great food, and especially those ‘AHA!!” moments, when a bit of information clicks into place for a student. It’s a source of true satisfaction for me.”