Valerie, the Carmel Cooking Coach, was captivated with cooking when she was a child helping her mother in the kitchen. This passion for cooking continues today.
Early on, Valerie earned her teaching credential from UC Davis and, after seven years of public school teaching, she decided to pursue her first true passion: cooking. So she enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Upon her return, she worked as a chef at L’Escargot in Sacramento, and started a catering business, Valerie and Company. She continues learning new cuisines and techniques, and she especially loves creating dishes for each individual taste.
Valerie moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1980, and taught cooking classes at The Peppercorn in Carmel, at Monterey Peninsula College, and nutrition at Hartnell College. Teaching quickly expanded into catering and private cooking classes. All her life, Valerie has loved both cooking and teaching — being a cooking coach is the perfect vehicle for her to share these two creative passions.