5.0 (4)
21 years in business

About this pro

Comming from a long line of passionate cooks, cooking shouldn't be a chore, but a creative outlet. Practice makes it easier to create meals quickly. My method uses a simple, intuitive method where measuring isn't required. Learn to cook with confidence and enjoy your tasty results. 

Make nutritious meals that will have them coming back for seconds, understand the essentials to a good pantry, discover a well stocked spice cabinet. Even restricted diets can have variety and interest.

I've turned even the most hardened kids to not only eat their vegetables, but become interested in cooking themselves! With over 30 years of cooking experience, I can help you to have fun in the kitchen!!

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Arlington, VA 22203
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4 Reviews


  • Chuck John

    An excellent chef! Dishes prepared with personality to boot!

  • Sean Canahuate

    Wonderful cook and great teacher! Expert chef at a very wide range of cuisines and dishes!

  • Laura Wagner

    Delicious food and Yolanda is wonderful to work with.

  • Swinitha Osuri

    A very creative individual who produces amazing food and is patient and a good instructor.


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Determine at what level of skill they have, what type of cooking they are interested in learning. Based on these two things, I create a lesson plan specific to their needs. 

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

I am a home cook with over 35 years of cooking and learning. I am constantly learning new techniques, skills and styles of cooking because I love to cook! 

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

Hourly rate of $75, plus the cost of any ingredients I provide. Rate will be adjusted based on specific needs of clients. 

How did you get started teaching?

A friend asked me to teach her the way I cook. I am currently working on a cookbook, based on those experiences.

What types of students have you worked with?

From beginners to advanced. My speciality is to take you from depending on a recipe to using your imagination. To discover new tastes and expand your spice/herb cabinet.

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

Look for someone who you feel comfortable with and trust. Then you can relax and enjoy the process, which is what is important!

Lessons offered

Cooking Classes Asian Cooking Classes Desserts Classes Knife Skills Classes