Meet the Cooking Instructors

Aaron

Aaron

Major

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Philosophy on Cooking

Cooking is truly an art form, and one that you have to make all your own. Following recipes is a great way to learn some basic skills, but you should never be afraid to customize it and make your meals unique. 

Favorite Part of the Job

My favorite part of the job is being able to interact with everyone that comes into our kitchen and having a good time and laughs throughout the night.

Connor

Connor

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Philosophy on Cooking

When I was younger, I made my mom teach me how to bake a chocolate cake, and I've been cooking since then. I think cooking is great because you take all sorts of basic ingredients, often times ones that don't taste good by themselves, and combine them to create something new and delicious. 

Favorite Part of the Job

Getting to interact with others, especially during Kids Cooking Clinics, and teach them how to make new things.

Grace

Grace

Major

Dietetics and Mass Communication

Philosophy on Cooking

I love food, BUT I also love feeling healthy and good about what I eat. That’s one of the many reasons I love cooking so much is that you know what you’re putting into your food. No weird added preservatives that you can’t pronounce, just clean, healthy, delicious tasting food made by you! 

Favorite Part of the Job

Playing off of my coworker’s recipes, creative styles and flavor combinations only allow me to explore my own cooking further to develop my skills and style in the kitchen. 

Jacob

Jacob

Major

Management and Finance

Philosophy on Cooking

Cooking should be a creative outlet for everyone! Not only is it a fantastic way to connect with others using great tastes, but a new way to explore cultures, histories, and stories. Personally, cooking allows me to not only feed myself, but also explore new interests, flavors, and utilize my favorite creative outlet, while collecting new experiences with other people all over the world. Spending the past few summers eating my way through different parts of the world, I can speak from experience when I say that food transcends all languages and cultures! Ask a local where to eat, you may be surprised where it takes you...

Favorite Part of the Job

Nothing makes me happier than sharing my passion with Purdue's diverse and inquisitive community. Each cooking demo is a new experience, allowing me to interact with people from all different diversities, both culturally and in a culinary sense. There's so much out there to learn and experience; being a Cooking Instructor at Purdue is a great way to find that!

Jen

Jen

Major

Dietetics

Philosophy on Cooking

Measuring ingredients is not what makes a good cook; a good cook learns from experiences and improves every time they recreate and redesign a meal. 

Favorite Part of the Job

I like being challenged with recipes that I have not cooked before. It helps me improve with new culinary skills and a sense of curiosity. 

Joey

Joey

Major

Biomedical Engineering, Global Engineering Studies minor

Philosophy on Cooking

Always challenge yourself. Never give in and buy an egg slicer when you can learn to cut with a knife.

Favorite Part of the Job

Getting the chance to enjoy cooking so many different kinds of foods, and sharing that joy with other people.

Shannon

Shannon

Major

Dietetics

Philosophy on Cooking

Cooking is something that anyone can do given the right instruction and the proper tools. It allows for creativity, brings people together, and provides nourishment and fuel for our bodies. I get excited tasting my own creations and love to cook and bake for others. 

Favorite Part of the Job

My favorite part of the job is having the opportunity to lead Kids Cooking Clinics and see the kids try new foods they thought would be "gross" but they learn is actually really tasty.

Zach

Zach

Major

Civil Engineering, Communications

Philosophy on Cooking

Food isn't something we should feel the need to avoid. It's been built up to be something to be afraid of, but it can be one of the greatest joys in life. Not only does cooking bring people together, but it becomes a source of creative self-expression, and there's something really special about that.

Favorite Part of the Job

Making people laugh and showing people that healthy living is an accessible, attainable goal.\

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