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DLM CULINARY CENTER

DLM Culinary Center's Instructors

Chef Carrie Walters

Chef Carrie Walters

Chef Carrie Walters is the Corporate Chef for Dorothy Lane Market and is responsible for researching and developing new recipes, menus, and programs. She plays a key role in our annual Food and Wine Show and other special events for DLM. As a food stylist, she has designed in-house food shots for the DLM website and electronic and print publications, in addition to television commercials and other multimedia venues. One of our most popular instructors in the DLM Culinary Center, Carrie teaches a variety of classes, always with her approachable demeanor, contagious enthusiasm, and interactive teaching style.

Count Agoston Haraszthy

Count Agoston Haraszthy

George Webber plays Count Agoston Haraszthy (the Hungarian who founded Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma in 1857 as the first commercial winery in California,) for Buena Vista Winery. He is the ambassador for the winery, bringing the founder of the winery to life.

 

Chef David Kerg

David Kerg is the lead chef at Olive. He's spent the last twelve years working at fine restaurants and private clubs in and around the Miami Valley. After completing the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona, he returned to Ohio to begin his career in kitchens closer to home. After joining Olive late in 2013, he now works directly with the owner and the team to make sure they provide their guests with the freshest, most local fare possible.

DLM Culinary Center Staff

DLM Culinary Center Staff

Classes taught by the DLM staff generally means two or three staff members teamed together to create a great culinary experience for our guests.

Chef Elizabeth Wiley

Chef Elizabeth Wiley

Chef Elizabeth Wiley left The Winds Café in 2004 to open her own place. The Meadowlark Restaurant www.meadowlarkrestaurant.com is a small contemporary neighborhood restaurant that has Midwestern personality. To Wiley, this means when you walk through the door it smells like somebody’s cooking in the kitchen and you get a big “Hello!” Her goal is to make people feel at home with friendly service and offer straightforward, delicious food, made from scratch, using high-quality natural whole foods. We welcome Chef Wiley, a good friend of DLM, back to the School of Cooking!

Food Adventures with Big Ragu and The Crew

Food Adventures with Big Ragu and The Crew

Food Adventures with Big Ragu and The Crew are local food bloggers for Dayton Most Metro. They enjoy highlighting locally owned and operated restaurants and venues to help spread the word about our area's delicious eateries! Steve "The Big Ragu" Milano is the founder of Food Adventures and has been highlighting Dayton's best eats for the past 8 years. Chef Lee Anne House is a professionally trained chef and is the creator of the HouseMade Sriracha that is taking Dayton by storm! Jackie "Hungry Jax" Scanlan is a home cook, mom of two, that enjoys using her family as culinary lab rats as she tries out new family friendly meals. You can follow the Crew's adventures weekly at MostMetro.com and on their Facebook page where you can also get updates about upcoming food adventures!

George Punter

George Punter

George Punter, CSW, came to DLM in 2002 after a long career at NCR. His love of wine has helped him to create a new career as the Beer & Wine Manager of our Washington Square store. George is also a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW).

Chef Gina Stipo

Chef Gina Stipo

Italian-American chef, Gina Stipo lived in Tuscany for over 14 years conducting cooking classes and tours and sharing insights on Italian foods, wines and the culture of this beautiful area with visitors. She has traveled extensively throughout Italy and shares an insider’s view with her students and groups.

Jack Zindorf

Jack Zindorf

Jack Zindorf has been teaching cooking classes throughout the community for over 25 years. An avid cook and teacher, his favorite cooking specialties are Asian, Cajun, and Creole cuisines. He has made a hobby of researching, replicating, and refining recipes for the best dishes he has discovered along the way.

Jacqui Kung

Jacqui Kung

Jacqui Kung has traveled extensively throughout Asia, gaining knowledge of the nuances in the cuisine of various countries. During her fourteen years living in the United States, she has worked in various capacities in the food industry, including an apprenticeship with a pastry chef and baker. Her passion is teaching others how to create healthy, delicious food using the freshest ingredients, herbs and spices as alternatives for avoiding sugar, dairy, gluten, etc.

Julia Hoy

Julia Hoy

Originally from northern California, Julia received her BS in Food Science and went on to work for food industry leaders like Seneca and Sunkist Growers. After moving to Ohio, Julia began working at Dorothy Lane Market in 2006 developing recipes for the Produce Department in the Springboro location. Pursuing a passion for all things food-related, she completed her Culinary Arts degree and Culinary Certification from Sinclair Community College in December, 2013. Meanwhile, Julia continues to serve as an instructor and Culinary Assistant at the DLM School of Cooking.

Katherine Dean

Katherine Dean

Katherine Dean manages Love Cakes by DLM, our specialty cake department focused on bringing our customers custom-made birthday, anniversary, graduation, holiday, retirement, and wedding cakes. She enjoys the challenge and opportunity to use her creative talent in helping our customers celebrate their Delicious Life Moments.

Kelly Kresge

Kelly Kresge

Kelly has degrees in Dietetics from Ohio University and Culinary Arts from the Art Institute of Cincinnati. She has worked in the DLM Oakwood kitchen for over two years, as well as the DLM Culinary Center. You may visit Kelly's food blog at www.seasonalsweetheart.com

Chef Liz Valenti

Chef Liz Valenti

Chef, Pizzaiola Extraordinaire, Catering, and Private Party Director. If you could invest in human physical energy, Liz would be a blue-chip stock!

Mary Cooney

Mary Cooney

Mary Cooney is a first-generation Italian-American who has a passion for teaching that is hard to equal. She loves to share her knowledge of authentic Italian dishes as well as baking pies and desserts. She has been on staff at the SOC since 2005.

Matthew Somich

Matthew Somich

Matthew Somich has been cooking professionally for over fifteen years. While studying culinary arts in college, he honed his cooking skills in the budding Cleveland restaurant scene. During that time, he worked for the Cleveland Indians, The Foundation Room at the House of Blues, and a handful of small, trendy, independent restaurants. What he loves most about cooking is the creativity involved in transforming simple ingredients into delicious culinary masterpieces. He relocated to Dayton in 2011 and divides his time between caring for his young children and working in various departments at Dorothy Lane Market.

Chef Rick Schaefer

Chef Rick Schaefer

Chef Rick Schaefer is the Executive Chef and Owner of Brock Masterson's Catering & Events. With an entrepreneurial spirit Rick started cooking at the beginning of his senior year in high school in 1986, by making his first "Precious Pecan" with his mother, Nanci Schaefer in their kitchen. Rick spend 10 years in management and food service in the hotel business and came back to Dayton to partner with his mom at Nanci's Fancies from 1992-1998 and then Nanci's Porchesfrom 1998-2002. Rick started Brock Masterson's Catering & Events in 2000. Rick is the father of two and lives in Oakwood, Ohio.

Sandy Bergsten

Sandy Bergsten

Sandy Bergsten, a former professional chef and caterer, is a writer, photographer, and blogger. On her blog, andshecooks2.com, she shares what she's learned over the past three decades of entertaining, whether in her tiny Manhattan apartment, her new hometown of Dayton, or her house in the California desert. She passes on the tricks of the trade to help even the most harried pull off the perfect party.

Sherry Monaghan

Sherry Monaghan

Sherry is an avid foodie, teacher and traveler. She enthusiastically takes food experiences from her travels and integrates them into her cooking to share with those at home. Sherry has been involved with the School of Cooking first as a student-turned volunteer, now as a kitchen assistant. Taking simple whole foods and creating healthful meals is her passion.

Zebbie Borland

Zebbie Borland

Zebbie Borland has been on the DLM School of Cooking team as a kitchen assistant since 1990. She has taught our Kids’ classes since 1998. She loves food and people of all ages. Her specialties are cheesecakes, children’s parties, and growing and cooking herbs. Zebbie holds a B.S. in Business and earned her teaching certification from Miami University.