Teacher Feature with Kaya Tate

Where are you from?  

Southern CA originally but mostly the PNW & Boise, Idaho. ( this is a loaded question, haha!)

How do you find yourself in the C-U area?

My husband, Travis, Champaign born & raised, returned for a job at the University.

How long have you lived here?

2 years

What inspired you to teach?

A friend, Colleen, and previous Co-op employee suggested it would be a great way to meet people and show them some tips and techniques. I love the opportunity to help people with some of the ‘mystique’ of desserts.

What classes do you teach at the Co-op?  

So far I have taught Truffle making 101 and Cupcake decorating with buttercream

How long have you been teaching?

2 months! But I have over 10 years doing pastry & baking all over the country

When did you start teaching at CGFC?

May :)

What do you enjoy the most about teaching at the Co-op?

I love being able to meet new people in the community who I share similar sugary interests with

What do you find most challenging about teaching?

The Public speaking factor! EEK!

What is your perspective on education as a part of our food community?

I would have loved the opportunity to be able to learn about different culinary techniques before I decided to go to culinary school. I think it’s amazing we have an opportunity to have a hands on experience with locals who are experts in their field. In order to have a sustainable community, it takes people who care about the community of food to make a local economy work well for it’s patrons.

Is there anything else you'd like Common Ground's customers to know about you or your classes?

Always taking suggestions for anything someone would love to learn from the pastry & baking spectrum !