About the Instructors

Enjoy the pictures from my culinary trips to France, Thailand, Tuscany & the Amalfi Coast, Portugal, Madrid, New Orleans and the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio Texas.




  • Attended PA Institute of Culinary Arts
  • Studied Chinese cooking with Anna Kao, a restaurateur in Fox Chapel
  • Studied Thai cooking in Bangkok & Chaing Mai, Thailand
  • Studied with 9 Chefs in France
  • Studied Italian cooking in Tuscany with Chef Laura Giusti
  • Studied Mediterranean and Tuscan cooking at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC
  • Studied Tex-Mex, Cajun-Creole, smoking & barbecuing plus Southern cuisine at the Culinary Institute of American in San Antonio Texas
  • Studied Southern Italian cooking, pizza making, and Neapolitan desserts on the Amalfi Coast, Italy
  • Studied in cooking in Lisbon and Porto, Portugal
  • Studied Tapas and Spanish cooking in Madrid, Spain
  • Teaches classes in conjunction with Xperience Days, a national gift certificate company
  • Nationally certified in Sanitation & Food Service Management
  • BA degree in music education
  • Former adjunct professor/guest instructor for CCAC, Penn Trafford Adult Education, In the Kitchen, Crate,Robinson Market District and Vangura’s ‘The Kitchen.”


Gulzat moved here from Kazakhstan 11 years ago with quite a culinary background obtained from both parents who are chefs. She is now launching a career of teaching students all about healthy eating. She believes that healthy food is not a luxury, it’s a NECESSITY!

Gulzat teaches our ‘special request’ classes such as vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant, paleo, and gluten free.