The nose always knows!
Claire has a passion for wine, in fact, she’s a Level 1 Sommelier. To study for her exam, she visited Farmers Markets to smell all the produce, so she could learn to differentiate them in wine. Wine pairings are her jam, so be sure to ask about those during class.
"If I ever become independently wealthy, I would devote my life to event planning!"
Delora just loves a good party! Food, music, dancing are all her hobbies. She's also passionate about ethnic diversity and all we can learn from other cultures. She's worked for nearly 20 years in the field of immigration law, assisting immigrants to come to the US.
"If I die eating, I'll consider myself lucky!"
Jessie stumbled upon Hipcooks in 2005 after Googling "Cooking Classes in Los Angeles." Her deep desire to feed led her to Hipcooks, but it's the people who have kept her around.
She grew up on simple "Asian Soul Food" & its influence is apparent: you can find her at the helm of Dim Sum, Thai, Japanese, & Indian classes, but you'll see her moonlighting in European-themed classes once in a while.
It's All in the Family with Hipcooks & the Mesesans. Big sis Christina has been teaching at Hipcooks since 2012, & has brought her sister aboard, too. Cooking & teaching talent runs in the blood!
Katie's other passions include political advocacy & Audrey Hepburn's quote: "Let's face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people." Katie says: "Add a glass or two of red wine to that!"
Hipcooks LA Manager & Hipcooks Regional Manager Kyrsten has been with us (her home away from home!) since 2008, though we'd argue she's a born Hipcook. Her easy-breezey, welcoming style comes from her roots, where she was raised amid the gastronomic delights of the Big Apple & the Big Easy. Whether she's spending two days crafting a feast for a special soiree, fridge-diving to whip up a delectable dinner in 15 minutes, or teaching a cooking class, she indulges her inner Hipcook with a smile & a garnish.
"Never fear, butter is here!"
It's her favorite ingredient. A close second: potatoes. Russet, ube (the purple yams), sweet potato, fingerlings. Mashed, gratin, fried, covered in salt, cream, sugar. "You name it, I will eat it. Just add butter!"
Hipcooks OC Manager Suzana is like a Samba. (She swings so cool & sways so gently &we go ahhhh!)
Suzana is passionate about travel, people, and cooking. In fact, she ran her own Bed & Breakfast in Brazil for international travelers. This charming Brazilian definitely knows how to be a hip-host! Creator of Hipcooks class Oh, Brazil! class, Suzana will transport you to un paiz tropical.