Teacher Bios

Our class instructors are highly educated, talented, engaging, and eager to share their knowledge about cooking, food preserving, nutrition, gardening, and more!

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Kristin Hamaker

Trained in 2005 at Ballymaloe House, a unique culinary school in County Cork, Ireland, Kristin absorbed a truly comprehensive education. Afterwards, she returned home to St. Paul and started a real foods personal chef service named Farm to Fork, which she cared for and grew over the course of 10 years, eventually selling it on good terms in 2015. Kristin recently started, Goosefoot Kitchen, a weekly meal planning service and serves as Mississippi Market’s chef partner.

Kim Werst

Kim was raised in Missoula, Montana and returned to the Twin Cities after eight years of working in transit and food organizations in Chicago, most recently as Farmers Market Manager and youth educator. She has a degree from DePaul University in an Individualized Focus Area of Nonprofit and Sustainable Food Program Management. She currently works with the East Side Table and Kitchen on the Bluff on the East Side of St. Paul.

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.

Gabriele Kushi, MEA, CHC, AADP

Gabriele Kushi, BFA, MEA, HC, AADP, is a board-certified holistic health practitioner, the owner of Kushi’s Kitchen, and the author of the books “The Macrobiotic Kitchen in Ten Easy Steps” and “Embracing Menopause Naturally” as well as eleven natural foods cooking DVDs. Gabriele received the 2009 Aveline Kushi award for her 40+ years of work in macrobiotics. She offers Holistic Health with Natural Nutrition study programs, macrobiotic counseling sessions, cooking classes, and yoga therapy.

Jeremy McAdams

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.

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.

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. Their passion is to educate people about nutrition and show you the connection between what you eat and how you feel.

Susan Patterson

Susan Patterson is the owner of Lazy Susan Cooking Gluten-free Personal Chef Service. She spent 6 years as a baker and cook at Birchwood Cafe and 10 years working with co-ops throughout the Midwest. Susan loves to teach people simple ways to feed themselves well in a friendly atmosphere. Students leave her classes feeling they can really make the recipes no matter how new they are to cooking!

Bryan Deane Bertsch

Bryan Deane Bertsch of Deane’s Kombucha began his kombucha brewing adventures in 2006. As his love of brewing grew, so did his techniques. Bryan teaches a regular class with instruction on how to brew your own great tasting kombucha at home.

Monarda Thrasher

Monarda Thrasher is a community herbalist, medicine grower, tea maker, holistic childbirth advocate, and mother. She is passionate about educating and empowering others about incorporating wild food and medicine into everyday life as a way to promote holistic wellness. She is co-owner of Tea for the People, LLC and co-founder of the Driftless Herbal Exchange Network.

Emily Rose 

After stepping onto the mat in 2004, Emily Rose has been no stranger to the mentally, physically, and spiritually healing powers of yoga. Emily Rose has shared her love of teaching yoga internationally in China, France, Senegal, and Italy. She is thrilled to be back in the Minnesota Yoga community and is ready to share intuitive and fun classes with her students.