We have some fabulous folks here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, and we just think you should meet them.  So, we'll profile some of these extraordinary friends of ours right here on our kcculinary.com website.

Jill Garcia Schmidt Jill Garcia Schmidt

Say hello to one of our newest culinary instructors here at The Culinary Center of Kansas City, Jill Garcia Schmidt


Jill grew up in Newton, KS, surrounded by family and food. "Everything we did revolved around a table filled with enough food to feed a small army," she says.


After her mother passed away in 1990, she made it her mission to recreate her best dishes and baked goods. She also learned to make authentic Mexican cuisine from her Great Grandmother Guadelupe Garcia, and her Grandma Meier taught her all her secrets to classic comfort food.


Jill spent the past 25 years studying and taking every opportunity to put her skills into practice, doing everything from bartending to running a kitchen line and catering events for hundreds of people.


Her dream is to share her passion for food with the world. She has wanted her own cooking show since the age of 5. As part of that pursuit, she appears on Better Kansas City as a monthly guest in the Price Chopper Kitchen sharing her recipes and tips. (Food Network, are you watching???)


Jill's approach to cooking is a lot like everything she does, full of fun with a touch of manic perfectionism. She loves to put her spin on classic dishes and bring her Mexican heritage to the forefront whenever possible.


Welcome to our kitchens, Jill!


Check out Jill's upcoming classes at The Culinary Center...


Intro to Cooking (a/k/a Cooking for Dummies)
Sat, Sept 15  |  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Give us 4 hours, and Jill will turn you into a cook. It's that simple.


Mexican Cocina Cooking Party

Sat, Sept 29  |  6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Learn to creat a delicious Mexican mini-fiesta that's easy enough to recreate in your own cocina!


Taco Loco! Mexican Street Food From Scratch
Sun, Oct 14  |  5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Chef Jill will show you how to make several of her favorite versions of tacos. And not only will she focus on these tasty hand-held gems, but also the perfect side dishes and a sweet dessert treat.


Crazy Happy Dumplings & Other Asian Treasures

Sat, Oct 27  |  6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

You'll learn to prepare classic Asian recipes that are sure to become some of your all-time favorites.


Classic & Contemporary Sauce-Making

Sun, Oct 28  |  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Master the basic Mother Sauces of tomato, velouté, bechamel, espagnole and hollandaise, and learn about roux and other thickening agents, stocks, building sauces and how to use them in relevant recipes and meal menus.


Gourmet Diner Food

Sun, Nov 4  |  11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Jill will show to make classic comfort foods 'her way!' How about 'Goat'met (aka Gourmet) Grilled Cheese, a colorful Ribbon Salad with a homemade Roasted Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette, a delicious side dish and a super-delicious Double Apple Crumble with two amazing layers of crumble!


Cooking with Wine & Beer

Sun, Nov 11  |  5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

We'll do a little sippin' and a lot of cookin'... with wine and beer!  Chef Jill will share culinary tips and tricks to using these gems in your cooking repertoire.


(Click any of the class titles for more information.)

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