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About Enrico C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About ENRICO
I am a native Italian speaker with a several years of experience in teaching Italian and English. I am a very easy-going, open-minded, professional person. I like to teach because it gives me the opportunity to meet new students, share my knowledge as well as my culture and experience.

I started tutoring back when I was attending the university in Verona, Italy. I was tutoring English, Math and some other subjects. Later on, I continued teaching English while I was working in other fields. In 2009 I moved to Los Angeles. For a couple of years, I taught ESL in a college, and in the meantime I tutored Italian to private students. Since 2009 I have been tutoring students both on the English and Italian subjects.

I really believe that in teaching, a language a primary focus should be on life skills. Not being an English native-speaker,
I learned how important it is to be able to express basic needs and to perform primary activities. However, it is important to consider other points like grammar, reading, writing. I also think that no matter what a teacher should always take into account the needs of the students and subsequently I plan my classes reflecting on the student's demands.

As to the different approaches and materials that I use, I suppose that it is important to change them frequently in order to keep the classes more interesting. Of course, there are some exceptions. For instance, in the past I taught for a while TOEFL and for that type of classes I used more traditionalist and academic methods and materials.

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Customized lessons to the students' needs and goals.

*** Specialties ***
- T.E.F.L. Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language

- Italian Native Speaker with a several year experience in teaching Italian

- M.A in Foreign Languages and Literature (English and French)

One of my greatest passion is to cook. I was extremely lucky to be taught and introduced to the art of cooking by my grandmother. She was born at the beginning of the previous century and she lived in different cities so she got accustomed to different traditions and shared them with me. I love to cook for smaller groups, using traditional Italian ingredients to prepare simple, but exquisite dishes that belong to the tradition of my native country. If you want to experience some real Italian food, you are definitely in the right hands. Just sit back, relax sip a glass of Italian wine while I cook for you and I share my art.
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Dan O. January 12, 2018
· Italian · Online
Enrico is fantastic!
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Elvia G. September 23, 2016
· Italian · Online
Enrico is a fantastic professor of the Italian language, he's advanced in his teachings, if you like to cook Italian food Enrico shares that in common.
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Elvia G. March 22, 2016
· Italian · Online
From the get go I knew I had found the perfect teacher,
Enrico is a motivating teacher.
He challenges you to learn what you need by reading and discussing interesting materials he sends .it isn't just not doing verbs exercises and tenses but actually participating in actual situations as if you were in Italy .
Enrico quickly helps you get over the nervousness that students experience when reading out loud and discussing the meaning of words in sentences and their uses.
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Enrico C.

Enrico C.

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About Stefano Z.

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL
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About Stefano
Ciao! I was born in Sardinia, a beautiful island in the Mediterranean sea. After completing my masters I obtained a PhD in Neuroscience. During the past 10 years I have traveled a lot and lived between New Mexico, Bordeaux (France), and Japan. These experiences allowed me to meet amazing people, understand and appreciate different cultures, and try new flavors, while sharing the regional specialties of my native island. I practiced formal teaching in the University setting and during workshops.

I love the outdoors, and of course preparing and enjoying a delicious meal!
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Stefano Z.

Stefano Z.

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$40 / 30-min

About Stephanie G.

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Berkeley, CA

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About Stephanie
After 15 years working in high-tech I had enough of the constant stress, demanding work and long hours scrunched at my desk trying to solve other peoples issues. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do next so I started taking classes in anything that sounded interesting. I took my first cooking class at the local community college and loved the way it made me feel. It wasn't until I took my first baking class in this degree program that I knew I was home. After graduating with a hospitality management degree, I transferred to Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island to earn a degree in Pastry Arts

My first job was with the Rhode Island Hospital. This hospital had received great recognition for the quality of food the kitchen produced. The director wanted to create a pastry program to expand the selections even more. Thus starte
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Coming back to the bay area, I wanted a more autonomous position, so I went into business for my self; first with a whole sale bakery which morphed into a catering business. I did this for 12 years, and loved it. All this time I was teaching community baking classes, adult education baking and pastry classes, and teaching part time at Mission College in Santa Clara.

I was then asked by Mission Valley ROP program to create a culinary/pastry program from scratch. It was a real challenge, but I found I really like challenges. From there I went to work for Whole Foods as a Pastry Chef.

After a few years of working for WFM I started teaching at the Art Institute in San Francisco. From there I went to Le Cordon Bleu, Also in San Francisco.

In the middle of all this I got married to a wonderful man.

The Cordon Bleu closed in September of 2016. Which brings me to the present. I am passionate about teaching baking and pastry, and hope to create a program which will allow students to understand baking, not to just follow recipes. My goal is to flame the creativity, and passion in my student, and fuel the desire to keep learning.
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Ruben July 25, 2018
· Baking · In home
Very informative lesson - Stephanie knows her stuff!
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Marya June 8, 2018
· Baking · In home
We hired Stephanie to do baking classes for my 11 year old daughter and could not be more pleased!! I came home yesterday to not only delicious pastries, but a brightness and pride on my daughter's face that is rare for her. Seeing her shine and develop her passion is priceless! Thank you Stephanie and we look forward to many more lessons in the future!
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Shanna Nardone May 23, 2018
· Baking · In home
Had a great time learning the basics of pie and bread making with Chef Stephanie. She is very knowledgeable, patient and hands on. She helped create a curriculum that I was interested in and was well organized, so I was able to have everything I needed before the class to ensure it's success.
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Stephanie G.

Stephanie G.

Berkeley, CA 94704
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About Patricia V.

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Tampa, FL
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About Patricia
Graduate as a International Chef in Venezuela at La New Cuisine cooking school.
Food is my passion and I love to teach my student to feel the same about the process of making a dish.
Get a Latin experience, knowing new ingredients and new delicious and interesting recipes.
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Patricia V.

Patricia V.

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About Brian L.

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Oklahoma City, OK
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About Brian
I love to cook but not only cook I love to cook from scratch I like to make as much as possible. I can cook various styles of food from vegan to a roasting pig over a fire. I know that the wrong diet can make people depressed and the right one can make people blissfully happy.

I started by cooking with my mother and learning dishes from my grandmothers. when old enough I started working in kitchens with very talented cooks and eventually chefs. I then started to not only run but design and build kitchens.

I then found out I had heart disease and stopped cooking for a while. But when I started cooking again it was with a renewed vigor for cooking and with a focus to get away from chemicals. I eat food and learning how to cook from scratch as much as possible I don't have the issues I used to have with food.
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Kenneth July 5, 2018
· Cooking · In home
I had always wanted to learn how to make a pecan pie. Bryan came over to the house and taught me everything from the crust to the filling he knew it all including his secret ingredient. Thanks Bryan.
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Brian L.

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About Salina W.

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Shreveport, LA
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About Salina
My name is Salina and I have over 15 years of cooking experience. I enjoy cooking and teaching other people to feel comfortable with cooking. You might want learn to cook for yourself , a spouse or children. Any situation I can help. Breakfast, lunch and dinners are the main areas people desire to learn. Cooking desserts and preparing meals for gatherings can be taught also. I not only teach you to cook but I help every step of the way until you are ready to be on your own.
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Salina W.

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About Amanda J.

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Bridgeport, CT
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About Amanda
Hello 😬 My Name is Amanda Johnson and as a single mother of two boys I love to do everything with my boy especially cook and have dinner together. We enjoy cooking a healthy meal together every night and just having the mess to clean up after make the night much better. My two year old is more into making the most mess but he love to clean up and love to help.
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Amanda J.

Amanda J.

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$50 / 30-min

About Christopher D.

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Dallas, TX
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About Christopher
I am a former Dallas Sheriff Officer turned chef. That should tell you that anyone is capable of anything! I’ve always had a love for cooking. In college I actually studied marketing. Sometimes you just don’t know where you path will take you. Living in the Downtown Dallas area I am open to so many different types of cuisine and also close to all the local farmers! I love my city and I love food so check out my classes I can definitely show you a thing or two! Whether you are just starting or you are a little more advanced let me know where you are and we can start from there! I look forward to teaching you all!
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Christopher D.

Christopher D.

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$20 / 30-min

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