Services

Cooking Classes


One-on-one or small group classes are designed to let you take what you learn home and put it to work in your own kitchen.

Tasting Events


Are you and your friends curious and adventurous eaters? Be my guests!

Catering


I cater European and Eastern-European appetizers and desserts for up to 24 guests.

Food Photography


Food is beautiful! My photography is the result of my uncontrollable desire to share it.

About me

Hi, I am Katya Lyukum. Welcome to my cooking lab!

Culinary coach and personal chef with extensive knowledge of various ethnic cuisines, I bring my best discoveries to you!

My culinary roots are in Ukrainian cuisine. I grew up with traditional Ukrainian dishes. Texas became my home and made me a fan of Tex-Mex and Mexican food. I enjoy traveling and learning about regional cuisines and cooking methods. England, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Singapore, Japan, China are among my culinary destinations and inspirations.

I have studied professional classic French cooking at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. My internships in acclaimed Austin restaurants — Uchi, Contigo, and Siena — helped me to learn and practice professional kitchen skills. I studied modern European desserts in Spain. My MFA degree and years of experience as graphic designer give me a foundation for artistic skills and creativity with food.

My Philosophy

Home cooking improves your life. It allows you to take control of the quality of your food and has a positive impact on your health. You can adjust any meal to suit your taste. Invest in cooking skills and proper culinary tools to boost your well-being and save money. Share your culinary experiences with those you love. Make home kitchen a fine dining retreat.

Food is beautiful. It’s a delight to observe fresh ingredients, and how they transform sliced, tossed, cooked. Food is to be respected and enjoyed with all of our senses. Let’s cook together!

TASTES ARE MADE, NOT BORN

Culinary coach and personal chef with extensive knowledge of various ethnic cuisines,
I bring my best discoveries to you!