Chef Linda's deep appreciation for international cuisines was developed at the young age of 12. Growing up in large family, dining out wasn't an option. Linda's working mother gave her the nightly chore of preparing family dinners. At the time, it seemed more like a punishment than a passion. However, as she transition into adulthood, cooking for others became her passion.
On any given day, Chef Linda can be found creating dishes such as Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk with Island Style Grill Salmon pair with Vanilla Rum Sweet Potatoes, or Roasted Vegetable toss in her special Moroccan Paste served over Couscous with sweet Golden Raisins and toasted Pine Nuts. She believes the most flavorful cuisines are made simply with the best, highest quality ingredients. She considers it part of her job to inspire and educate her guests to try new cuisines.
She graduated in 2015 from Escoffier International Culinary Academy trained under the guidance of Chef Cesar Herrera. After graduating, she decide not to follow the traditional route of working in a restaurant, but to pursue her heart fill passion of introduce families to new and fun international flavors. To bring together her vision she started Auntie Linda's Pantry. Auntie Linda's Pantry offers Personal Chef Services, meal prep and cooking lessons for families and busy professionals. Auntie Linda's Pantry is currently offering a series of cooking classes in Oakland to teach individuals fast and affordable, yet tasty one pot comfort food dishes. Also, Auntie Linda's Pantry service businesses with team building cooking classes for their employees.
I enjoy interacting with students who are motivated to try and learn new flavors. It's fun and rewarding for me to see their smiles and hear there ummm sounds while tasting.
Linda is a patient, friendly, organized and remarkably resourceful teacher who's incredible fun to work with. Working with and learning from Linda is definitely highlight of each week!
We start with a phone Q & A to understand the goal(s) of the student. Next we agree on a date, place, and time to began cooking.
Cooking since the age of 12 and have travel and taugh by many homecooks and professionals.
Lesson start at $100.
I began teaching in private and public classes in 2017.
I have worked with adults and children.
Pebble Beach Food Expo is a great place to taste, learn and meet many Chefs in the industry. I'm a foodie by nature!
Be very clear on your goals and be ready to listen and follow directions.
I think all questions are good questions, so ask away!