I Dream Of…An Instructor Less Ordinary.
John Parks, Chef Instructor
Before returning to his culinary school to teach, Chef John had a storied career as a personal chef. Today, he brings his creativity, passion and fathomless knowledge to a Chef Instructor role in Cook Street’s professional program. A true minimalist, Chef John can do just about anything with a simple chef’s knife.
Cindy McKnight, Pastry Chef Instructor
After getting her children off to college, Cindy followed her culinary passion to Cook Street's professional program, graduating in 2004. Cindy worked as a personal chef and a caterer before returning to Cook Street as a Recreational Instructor in 2006. After taking a three-year break to try her hand as a Pastry Chef at Vi in Highlands Ranch, Cindy returns to us once again to pursue her love of cooking and teaching.
Cindy OnkenGlimm, Wine Instructor
Cindy’s passion for wine began in her former life with an oil and gas company when she was tasked by the firm to find vineyard land in Paso Robles, California, through seeing the completion of their winery. From there, she knew her life would change and she pursued wine training with the International Sommelier Guild, later becoming their instructor. With a Masters of Art in French, Cindy has studied and taught abroad, and has been an affiliate wine instructor with Metropolitan State University of Denver since 2008, as well as a wine instructor for Cook Street's Recreational Program. Cindy is also a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators, and has her certificate in Winemaking from U.C. Davis. She is currently pursuing her Level I certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Marisa Fontana, European Tour Coordinator
Marisa worked in a restaurant kitchen for a year and in a corporate kitchen for two years before enrolling in the Cook Street 180° Culinary Arts Program in October 2005. Combining her culinary background, her training at Cook Street, a college degree in French, and extensive European travel, she is the ideal European Tour Coordinator. Having experienced the tour both as a student and a guide, Marisa is able to ensure that every student will get the most out of their travels to France and Italy. A true natural, Marisa enjoys bringing natural ingredients to every dish.
Mike Delany, Director of Admissions
Mike has seven years of professional admissions experience from the University of Kansas, for which he set up and managed satellite offices in Dallas and Chicago. An avid traveller, he’s set foot on five continents and brings his appreciation for culture and global food to Cook Street. Mike ensures every prospective student feels at home the moment they walk through the door - and leaves feeling confident they've taken the right step.
Thomas Allen, Director of Student Services and Alumni Affairs / Wine & Spirits Buyer
Wine Instructor Thomas Allen began his culinary work at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City, where he immersed himself in the world of celebrity and haute cuisine. Following a stint at a specialty food store chain, he fell into a professional publishing career, and avidly pursued his primary loves — eating, drinking, and being merry. When his career took him to Denver, he decided it was time to return to his childhood passion and entered the Cook Street 180° Culinary Program in 2008. A graduate of the International Sommelier Guild’s Sommelier Diploma Program and a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators, Thomas is currently working on his Certified Wine Educator accreditation and maintains a reputation as a true epicure among epicures.
Katrina Matthews, Event and Recreational Class Coordinator
As a former Front of the House staff member, Katrina knows the workings of the Cook Street Recreational and Event programs from all sides. Her eye for detail and creativity ensure that our customers get the best experience possible. As a professional photographer, Katrina expresses her talent with food photography, which she sometimes shares through our social media channels.