Amanda Cushman

Chapel Hill Cooking Classes

Amanda Cushman is a culinary educator, cookbook author, writer and recipe developer who has cooked professionally for over thirty years. She teaches private clients and in venues such as The Institute of Culinary Education, The Natural Gourmet Cooking School, Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma. She hosts corporate team building classes for major companies such as; Fitness Magazine, Exxon Mobile, Hugo Boss, Yahoo, Nike, Google, Guess Jeans, Direct TV and Toyota. Her food career began in Manhattan where she worked with some of the top NYC caterers; Martha Stewart, Panhandlers and Glorious Foods. While in NYC, Amanda worked in the test kitchens of Food and Wine, Cooking Light, Vegetarian Times, Fine Cooking and Ladies Home Journal. She was a private chef to a number of clients including James Robinson; CEO of American Express and Amy Levin the Editor in Chief of Glamour. Her private classes were a big hit in Los Angeles where she taught for ten years, with clients such as Neil Patrick Harris, Molly Sims, Anne Archer and Randy Newman. She made her name in cities such as Boston, NY, Miami and Los Angeles and relocated to Durham, NC where she continues to teach in private homes as well as developing recipes for food start ups such as Deep River Snacks. Her highly popular public classes are featured at Southern Season, Cooks Warehouse, Duke Diet and Fitness, The Kitchen Specialist and ICE in as NYC. Her cookbook Simple Real Food is on its third printing and focuses on clean, global recipes that are easy to follow and prepare in the home kitchen. Her website is