Meet Chef K.


Shortly after graduating from culinary school, Chef K. began her career as an Executive Chef at Bookwalter Winery in Richland, WA.  During her tenure, she won the Riviana Food’s “What’s in Your Wok?” Fried Rice Competition.

   Chef K’s love for learning and exposing herself to all facets of the culinary arts progressed to the point where she became an educator.  Chef K designed an advanced High School Culinary Arts Program in which she was featured in a newspaper article titled, “Taught from Scratch”.  The author chronicled Chef K’s passion for food and teaching, and how she went from Executive Chef to Educator.  Chef K developed highly competitive teams that competed across the nation, earning medals in state and national rankings. The passion for all things culinary that she instilled in her students lead to many of them pursuing careers in the restaurant industry.

   One of the highlights of her teaching career was winning a $100,000 grant from the Farmers Insurance, “Thank America’s Teachers Dream Big Challenge”. With the winnings, she guided her students through the process of designing and building a state-of-the-art Food Truck that is still being used in her former school district.

   Chef K Gear was born from sketches that were a culmination of years of ideas for culinary garments that she always wished she could wear to work. Chef K Gear is a line of premium culinary apparel that reflects Chef K’s creativity, and attention to detail. She created each piece with her industry peers in mind, hoping they too will appreciate the comfort, function, and affordability they offer.


Chef K Related Links

* Bookwalter opens restaurant at Richland winery | Tri-City Herald     


* Teaching from scratch | Local News |

* Pendleton High School teacher receives $100k for food truck program | KEPR (