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.
Mitch has spent the last thirteen years teaching young people to have fun learning while learning to cook. He is all about exploration and his motto is “I’m not sorry, I’m just learning.” He created an organic student kitchen at the Head Royce School and prepared restaurant style meals there for six years. Mitch also volunteered at the Edible Schoolyard for two years. He loves teaching cooking to middle and high school students. Mitch loves being in a kitchen where kids who might not normally mingle, work together to create awesome food as a team.
During each session, students of all skill levels will get hands-on experience cooking the foods they love but made with local and seasonal ingredients. The classes are designed to give students the passion and confidence to cook at home. We will cook from a wide range of recipes. Students will learn how to turn a grilled cheese into a panini with mozzarella, roasted red peppers, tomato, prosciutto and home made pesto.
He will introduce many basic ingredients to put on parent’s shopping lists to get them excited to explore in their kitchens. The students will be encouraged to taste everything that is created in the kitchen. The class is designed to make food, have fun, and get life skills for college and beyond. View Mitch’s upcoming classes.