Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Judy Orpin-Geringer moved to California in 1984. She graduated from the California Culinary Academy in 1986. Judy was Head Pastry Chef then Co-Executive Chef at Wente Brother’s Restaurant in Livermore. She and her sister Suzy owned a bakery and restaurant in Pleasant Hill for several years.
Combining her love of cooking and passion for teaching, Judy was a Chef Instructor at Homechef in Walnut Creek for 15 years. She has also taught cooking classes for Pleasant Hill Park and Recreation for 17 years.
Judy is thrilled to be part of the teaching staff at Back to the Table Cooking School in Lafayette, where she can share her knowledge and joy of cooking with students. View Judy’s upcoming classes.
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Suzy Quenneville-Orpin moved to the Bay Area 25 years ago and has lived in Lafayette for the last 20 years. She owned a Bakery and Restaurant with her sister Judy for several years before completing her Business Degree at St. Mary’s College. Suzy was the Cooking School Coordinator and Instructor at HomeChef for 8 years.
She completed her Teaching Credential at Cal State Hayward and has been teaching culinary career training at Berkeley Adult School for 10 years as the Executive Chef and Safety/Sanitation Instructor.
Specializing in cake decorating and baking as well as seafood and game cookery, Recently, Suzy published her first contemporary romance novel…the first of six in the Catwalk Series. Suzy is excited to be part of the staff at Back to the Table and share her passion for cooking and local cuisine. View Suzy’s upcoming classes.
Carl spent seven years as a cooking school instructor teaching home chefs the art of cooking through hands on instruction. He trained in an apprentice program of the California Culinary Academy through Viking Home Chef .He also created his own Personal Chef & Catering business, providing delicious gourmet meals, dependable service and an affordable luxury to businesses, families and individuals.
Skill and passion for food are essential ingredients needed to teach others. Carl has shown through his teaching skills and business ownership that he can create in others the same desire for food and satisfaction in their learned skills. Most of all, he wants you to enjoy food and have fun in the process of creating it.
Carl is proof that you can transform your passion and dreams into a reality! View Carl’s upcoming classes.
Lesley Stiles is a 1987 graduate of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, California. Having owned and operated a restaurant specializing in locally sourced, seasonal, vegetable based cuisine for many years, Lesley is well versed in the practices of supporting small family farms, local growers and producers.
Lesley, along with her good friend and garden partner Stephanie Jacob work creating school gardens and Farm to School Salad Programs in Contra Costa County and beyond. Teaching them to grow their own food for themselves as well as their families only strengthens the principal of growing healthy youth as well as great food.
Lesley also operates a thriving sustainable catering business utilizing seasonal foods as well as local food producers and also teaches cooking classes using locally grown, seasonal produce with the focus on simple, healthy and delicious cooking. Lesley also writes in several local publications about buying locally grown food and supporting farmers markets and local producers. Recipes always included.
Member in good standing of The San Francisco Professional Food Society, Slow Food USA, Delta Diablo Chapter; Slow Food in Schools, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs’ and many other community based groups.
Lesley was born and raised in Pleasant Hill, California and has gratefully called it home for 55 years. Lesley Stiles can be reached at (925) 323-3230 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out her website at www.lesleystilesfoods.com. Do you know where your food comes from? View Lesley’s upcoming classes.