Culinary Classes in North Carolina
CHEF AMANDA CUSHMAN
The founding chef of Chapel Hill Cooking Classes, I am a culinary educator, food writer, private chef and consultant and have been in the food business for over thirty five years. My philosophy is to learn, grow, cook and enjoy, and I have had quite the journey in and out of the food business. Having grown up with a mother that was a gourmet cook, food has always been a large part of my life; a place of joy, comfort and nurturing.
I relocated to the Triangle in North Carolina in 20015 and I am enjoying what is known as the “best new food area on the East coast”. Every day I find opportunities to grow, evolve and contribute to the food community, whether it be writing an article for the News and Observer or teaching a class at Southern Season or most leading team building cooking classes for corporations.
This is my time to give move on and I am about to retire to the Netherlands. My business will now be run by a talented young chef Leslie Chartier. She will be creating her own brand of classes, dinners and food experiences for the area, please give her your support.
Leslie: I am so excited and privileged to have the opportunity to take over from Amanda. It has been a joy to work with her over the past year and a half as she prepared to make this transition to Europe. Having over twenty five years of experience in the industry as a caterer, cake designer, personal chef, restauranteur and hospitality manager, it is my pleasure to spend my energy now as a culinary instructor.
My biggest passion is sharing the gift of hospitality with those I encounter, whether that’s in a cooking class or a pop-up dinner. I am so excited to be involved in your food journey! Cheers!