Chef & Owner
A 20-year restaurant chef, David Cook discovered the intriguing nature of local cuisine when he tasted his first bite of kimchi. That was 30 years ago when his parents took him on to a local Korean restaurant in Seoul. Since then, David has explored local cuisines and cooking methods throughout the Caribbean and U.S., with particular interest in learning how different regions use herbs and spices to create exciting takes on traditional favorites. Having studied at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, David’s formal and Classical training underpins his practical experience and creative flair for creating dishes that make the most of locally-sourced ingredients combined with herbs and spices one may not expect. Now David brings his talent and sense for the exciting to Gather Food Studio.
Cortney Smith, Chef & Owner
Cortney's love of food starting early in life, probably while still in the womb! Born into a food obsessed family, her uncle was a chef and owned a restaurant and food and family were intertwined. Working her way through college while working at restaurants led to working in 15 restaurants by the time she was 30. Exhausted and frustrated, providence intervened in the guise of CHEFS Catalog. Combining a love of food and product, Cortney selected merchandise, developed recipes and worked with food styling for 8 years at a corporate level, until one day it came to a crashing halt as our beloved CHEFS closed. Taking a step into entrepreneurship, she has found her calling in teaching. Specialties include: Healthy cooking, gluten-free, diabetes, Latin cooking and spices.
DeDee's passion for food and its preparation started as a young girl. At her grandmother’s side for elaborate holiday meals and studying her every move for the Sunday morning poached egg, she developed a desire to learn more about the mysteries of the food we eat. She went on to earn a degree in Restaurant/Hotel management and spent many years working through the hospitality system in various positions. She was blessed to do two internships with a Certified Master Chef who helped refine my talent at a young age. DeDee's heart has always been in food preparation, all natural not processed, from the earth not from a warehouse. Cooking should be fun not frightening, enlightening not overwhelming. She looks forward to sharing her passion for food with you whether you’re a novice in the kitchen or an expert looking to expand your talent.
Laurie met Cortney and Dave as a student in their cooking classes. She enjoyed their friendship and being part of their cooking community, following and helping them along their journey to open Gather Food Studio. Ultimately, Cortney and Dave provided Laurie the inspiration to pursue a dream she had for many years… attending culinary school. As soon as she retired from her Air Force career, Laurie immersed herself in the culinary world and graduated from the Cookstreet School of Culinary Arts in Denver in 2018. She has since developed a fascination (ok, obsession) with baking breads and is excited to share her baking skills with the Gather community.