Meet The Team


Chef & Co-Owner

David Cook

A 20-year restaurant chef, David Cook discovered the intriguing nature of local cuisine when he tasted his first bite of kimchi in Korea as a child. Today you will still find him leading our food history & cultural classes.


Guest Chef Instructor

Niki Scott, Mon Amour French Macarons; Bramble & Brie Charcuterie Co.

Niki has a passion for all things food….baking, cooking, charcuterie, macarons and of course, eating! Check our her macaron & charcuterie classes


Guest Chef Instructor

DeDee Tong, D'Lightful Gourmet

DeDee's heart has always been in food preparation, all natural not processed, from the earth not from a warehouse.  She looks forward to sharing her passion for cooking real food with you.

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Guest Chef Instructor

Matt Waters, Matt Waters Knives

Matt Waters is a local Colorado Springs Blacksmith and Bladesmith.  We're so excited to have him share his knowledge and passion for knives at Gather!


Chef & Co-Owner

Cortney Smith

Cortney's background in hospitality, restaurants and retail helped her create the unique vibe at Gather. Her specialies are as varied as her background: you'll find her teaching pie classes, our kids program and her spicy favorite - Latin!


Guest Bread Instructor

Laurie Carroll, Bountiful Breads LLC

Cortney and Dave provided Laurie the inspiration to pursue a dream she had for many years… attending culinary school. Laurie specializes in breads and is always excited to share her knowledge!


Guest Chef Instructor

Stephanie Lyman, Steffi's Confections

Stephanie is a longtime local pastry chef and confectioner. Her passion grew into an art form that she further developed at the French Pastry School in Chicago, Illinois. Join her for a sweet class!

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Guest Chef Instructor

Angela Tomala, Master Meatcutter

Learn all about cutting and mastering meat cutting from this long time industry professional! Angela started her career in 1994 and is excited to share her knowledge with you in our Pro Series.