Elevate Your Culinary Skills with Susan G. Purdy

Teaching the Culinary Arts

"A culinary educator and CCP (IACP-Certified Culinary Professional), I specialize in teaching baking and the pastry arts. My goal as a cooking teacher is to make these skills accessible to the home baker, to remove any perception of fear-of-baking, to show that anyone can do it.


"When I teach, I like to explain basic food chemistry and fundamentals of technique to remove mystery and magic and replace it with fun, understanding, and a sense of ease.


"The greatest gift I can give a student is the confidence to cook creatively — to make a pie, bread, or a birthday cake, for example, to bake for their family and friends. Sharing food you make with your own hands is a basic act of love, and one that actually empowers the baker, bringing a quick reward (yummy snacks), personal satisfaction (pride in knowing you did it), and praise, (applause, take a bow).


"I have had students tell me that learning to make a simple pie crust with ease has actually changed their life! Of course, it is not that simple, but little things do make a big difference. Learning to bake is a simple pleasure, but one that I believe adds to life's enjoyment."

— Susan


King Arthur Flour Gingerbread House Workshop with Susan and Cassandra Purdy.

Partial List, Baking Classes and Workshops
  • King Arthur Baking Education Center, Norwich, VT
  • New England Culinary Institute (NECI), Essex, VT
  • Peter Kump’s Cooking School (now ICE), New York
  • Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Cambridge, MA
  • Draeger’s Culinary Center, Palo Alto, CA
  • Epicurious Rice Markets, Houston, TX
  • Cooks Street School of Cooking, Denver, CO
  • Silo Cooking School, New Milford, CT
  • Sur la Table, San Francisco, CA
  • Williams Sonoma, Boston, Cleveland, Seattle
  • Kings Cooking Schools, New Jersey
  • Loretta Pagannini School of Cooking, Cleveland
  • Dorothy Lane Market Cooking School, Dayton, OH
  • Jungle Jim’s Cooking School, Cincinnati, OH
  • DeGustibus, Macy’s, New York
  • Las Cosas Cooking School, Santa Fe, NM
  • Santa Fe School of Cooking, Santa Fe, NM
  • Sazon Cooking School, Hotel Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, MX
  • Casa de Cocinas, San Miguel de Allende, MX

    Partial list, Special Baking Seminars
  • Bake & Blog: King Arthur Baking Education Center, Norwich, VT
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Bakers’ Dozen, San Francisco
  • Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia, PA
  • University Hospital Synergy Culinary School, Cleveland, OH
  • Taste of Provence Cooking School, Mas de Loup, France
  • Recipe Writing Workshop/ Culinary Journalism Workshop: Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Cambridge, MA
  • High Altitude Baking Workshop, Salt Lake City, UT


High Altitude Baking Seminar, Salt Lake City 2005: (L to R) Ruth Kendrick, Mary Cech, Greg Patent, Letty Flatt, Susan G. Purdy, Elizabeth Perrault