Open Hart Kitchen

Open Hart Kitchen

1 employee
6 years in business

About this pro

Hi!  I'm Anne!  Welcome to Open Hart Kitchen!  Have a seat at my table and let's get started.  I'm a mom to four now-grown kids and shifting my passion for creating simple, delicious family meals to a 'homemade' business teaching others what I have learned over the past 25 years.  In addition, I am studying to complete my masters degree in nutrition, so it is my sincere pleasure to teach you and/or your children to cook in more healthful ways, too! 

I love food and I love teaching, how amazing is it that I get to combine two things I love? 

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Alexandria, VA 22304
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I typically ask what my student's goals are - do they want to learn cooking basics?  Or are they looking for help honing their skills?  Do they want to learn how to shop or plan meals?  How many lessons would they like to have? How often do they wish to meet? 

After I understand their goals, I can devise a plan and we can begin!

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

25 years of real life cooking experience, with a very serious emphasis on healthful cooking.  Currently in second year of a three year program earning my masters degree in nutrition. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Usually $75 per hour, plus the cost of food.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching children many years ago when we formed classes for our homeschool group.  Since then, I have taught many people to cook, including my own children and their friends. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Mostly children and young adults, but also some of their parents who decided they needed to stay and learn with their children! 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Recently, I was preparing a meal for one of my customers and her daughter asked if she could help me.  I was thrilled!  She was so excited to learn more about what I was preparing for her family and how she could participate.  So fun! 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would advise someone looking for a teacher to ask if they have experience teaching while cooking.  It is a bit of a challenge to teach and cook at the same time and it requires both planning and an understanding of timing.  I would also advise them to seek someone friendly and fun!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What do I want to know? 

Do I want to learn something specific like how to bake? Or make fresh pasta?  Or do I want to learn something more general like how to create a healthful meal?  Or about healthy food choices and cooking methods?  

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