Teacher Bios


AmyLeo Barankovich
AmyLeo Barankovich is a passionate vegan chef. She began cooking for a family of ten at the age of 13 and has since been delighting family, friends and colleagues with creative, delicious, beautiful, wholesome food. She has recently founded Vegan Affairs: A Place for Taste and Grace, offering private and public vegan cooking classes, Personal Chef Services, Vegan Coaching and restaurant consulting.

Dr. Sara Jean Barrett
Dr. Sara Jean Barrett is a Naturopathic Physician practicing in Bloomington, MN.  She is board certified by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners, is a licensed physician in Arizona and registered by the Medical Board in the state of Minnesota.  Dr. Barrett received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Georgia Institute of Technology with highest honor. She went on to receive her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine with highest honor. In her practice, Alternative Solutions for Health, Dr. Barrett treats a variety of conditions including digestive concerns, hormonal imbalances, allergies & asthma, autoimmune conditions, metabolic disorders and more.

David S. Cargo, St. Paul Bread Club
David S. Cargo is one of the founding members of the Saint Paul Bread Club, a former baker at Trotter’s Café and Bakery and the St. Agnes Baking Company, and a featured baker in Kim Ode’s cookbook, Baking with the Saint Paul Bread Club: Recipes, Tips, and Stories.

Maggie Christopher, CHNC, LAMFT
Maggie Christopher is a certified holistic nutrition counselor in St. Paul. She specializes in digestive issues, sugar cravings and weight loss. She teaches people how to eat in a way that creates health, feels satisfying, and tastes delicious. www.maggiechristopher.com

Yuan Dalton
Yuan Dalton has lived in St. Paul for nearly ten years. She grew up in Beijing, and has worked as a journalist and financial analyst. Yuan enjoys preparing home-style Chinese food using local ingredients.

Martha DeSante DC, CYT
Martha is a Doctor of Chiropractic, a yoga and Pilates teacher and a radical self-love advocate. She offers chiropractic care, personally prescribed postural exercises,  and breathing and mindfulness practice sessions at her practice Back In Body in South Minneapolis.  For more information about Martha, her training and credentials please visit www.backinbody.com.

Matt Deutsch
Matt Deutsch is an avid home cook, gardener, and food preserver. He has ten years of teaching experience and is currently in culinary school.

Jan Zita Grover
Jan Zita Grover has taught community education cooking classes since 1986. She has taught in San Francisco, Duluth, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Woodbury, Cottage Grove, and White Bear Lake. Jan has run a commercial kitchen, catered, sold her baked goods at a farmers’ market, and enjoyed it all. Her goal is to help home cooks become more joyous, improvisational, and technically accomplished.

Jesse Haas, B.S., CHHC
Jesse Haas is a Holistic Health Coach and Massage Therapist in the Twin Cities who is wholeheartedly committed to keeping joy in the healing process. She holds a B.S. in Nutrition Dietetics from the University of MInnesota, and certificates in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health Coaching. Love Your Body, Love Your Food! www.jessehaas.com

John Hanson, Longfellow Soap Company
John Hanson is the owner, creator, and maker of the Longfellow Soap Company based in Minneapolis, MN. He is an accomplished wood turner and does commissioned stained glass work.

Gabriele Kushi, MEA, CHC, AADP
Gabriele Kushi is an author, health coach, and a certified macrobiotic counselor who has been teaching cooking classes for over 30 years. Sheis often quoted in the media as a recognized expert on healing with foods and macrobiotics. Her passion is seasonal and yin yang cooking, that sustains conscious lifestyles. She is the owner of Kushi’s Kitchen, a natural foods cooking school, and the author and photographer of Embracing Menopause Naturally (Square One Publishers, NY), and 11 macrobiotic natural foods cooking DVDs. Gabriele offers private sessions and long-distance study programs via her website www.kushiskitchen.com

Jeremy McAdams, Cherry Tree House Mushrooms, LLC.
Jeremy McAdams runs Cherry Tree House Mushrooms, LLC, a farm in south Minneapolis and Ham Lake that provides log-grown shiitake and other culinary and medicinal mushrooms and log kits to Twin Cities markets, restaurants, vegetable CSAs, and stores.

Liz McMann
Liz McMann holds a master’s degree in holistic health studies from St. Catherine University and is a Master Food Preserver through UW-Extension.  In her spare time she likes to garden, cook, make lists, do yoga, hang with her step kids, and blog about it all on www.foodsnobberyhobbery.blogspot.com.

Kimiko Molasky
Originally from Japan, Kimiko Molasky works at Mississippi Market West 7th and is very passionate about good food and community. She started cooking for her family at the age of 10 and loves to share her knowledge of Japanese family meals with American people. www.kimikomolasky.com

Dr. Crystalin Montgomery L.Ac., N.D.
Dr. Crystalin Montgomery is a Registered Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist. She came to natural medicine via her experience as a collegiate athlete and coach, interested in optimizing performance. In her private practice, Dr. Montgomery uses a blend of Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine to treat many women’s health concerns, including hormone imbalance, HPV/cervical dysplasia, fertility support, insomnia, cancer support, digestive issues and autoimmune disorders.

Nutrition Educators from Nutritional Weight and Wellness
Nutritional Weight & Wellness is a leading provider of nutrition education and counseling. The company was founded by Darlene Kvist, who has educated and counseled people for over 20 years. Our passion is to educate people about nutrition. We want to show you the connection between what you eat and how you feel. www.weightandwellness.com

Susan Patterson
Susan Patterson is the owner of Lazy Susan Cooking and loves to teach people how to feed themselves well without a lot of fuss.  She was a baker at Birchwood Cafe and has been cooking gluten free since 2007.

Mary Jo Rasmussen and Kelly Smeltzer, Urban Relish
Together, Mary Jo and Kelly have over 20 years of experience in teaching cooking classes, arranging exciting parties, and managing corporate events. Their goal is to help cooks feel confident in the kitchen, comfortable enough with their basic knowledge to improvise a missing ingredient, change a recipe to their taste or create a wonderful new dish based on what’s in the refrigerator. Mary Jo and Kelly co-own Urban Relish, a Minnesota based company that offers cooking classes, kitchen consulting, and private events. www.urbanrelishmn.com

Caitlin Rudeen
Chef Caitlin is devoted to healthy & organic food practices and loves cooking and eating, especially after picking up some great produce from the local farmers market or co-op.  As a vegetarian, vegan & raw foods personal chef and caterer, her 10 year background in raw foods began at the famous Cafe Gratitude in California and continued at the prestigious Manhattan raw restaurant, Pure Food & Wine.

Kenzie Tenter-Fox
Kenzie has worked at Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op for over four years and has been teaching for the past three. She has a degree in education and also teaches art for various school districts.