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.


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!