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Kim Mahan is a Portland, Oregon native.  Her passion for cooking and great food started auspiciously and early as a survival skill against her mother's 1960's era Hot Dog Pizza and homemade TV dinners.  Her first paying job came at the age of 16 at Burgerville in Hillsboro.  Kim earned degrees in Fine Arts and Developmental Psychology from Portland State University, and after years of teaching preschool and preschool education, decided to get serious about her growing passion for cooking.  She trained at the Clark College Culinary Program and had internships at the Grant House Café under chef Chris Stone, the Bread and Ink Café, Vancouver Pizza (where else do you learn to throw a pizza crust?), and Chez Phillipe in Barcelona, Spain.

 

Kim's first professional culinary endeavor was a catering company called Chez Vous, which came to an early end when her husband Mark's career transferred to Barcelona for a couple of years.  During the time the family was in Spain, they made a serious attempt at dining in as many excellent restaurants as possible, developing a great love for Spanish, Catalan, and other cuisines of the Mediterranean region.  Kim began her culinary teaching career there, holding cooking classes for the expatriate trailing spouses. She professes that one of her greatest accomplishments was teaching an Italian woman how to make pasta.

 

Since her adventures in Spain, Kim has continued to teach cooking classes and to cater many different events.  She has been a chef for the yearly "Our House" fundraiser for the Portland HIV/Aids support organization, and managed the dinner part of the yearly Dinner Theater production at the Vancouver School for Arts and Academics for 5 years.  Kim was the unofficial but greatly appreciated volunteer chef for her daughter's schools.  She has also catered citizen salons for the City Club of Portland.

 

When Kim's home kitchen was transformed into a "classroom ready" space in 2005, it was time for Class Cooking and Catering to be born.  After 8 years Kim designed and  built a new commercial kitchen classroom and changed the business name to Class Cooking.  Kim now teaches several cooking classes each month and caters regularly at Burnt Bridge Cellars to very appreciative clients in her new kitchen/classroom  at 110 E. 15th St in downtown Vancouver, Washington.

 

Here are some articles that have been written about the cooking school:

 

Boomer and Senior News wrote a really nice article about me and the cooking school in October 2013.

 

Class Cooking & Catering: A Deliciously Good Time- an "out and about" article from July 2012 in the Daily Insider

 

School of Yum- Class Cooking is a featured Portland/Vancouver area cooking school in the March/April 2008 edition of the Columbian's Home and Lifestyles Magazine (warning- big file!)   

 

              School of Yum- text-only version