Instructors

Below are some of our resident instructors from a variety of backgrounds. Classes are always changing with new themes and classes added. We hope to see you soon!

Jen Peters

Chef Jen Peters honed her skills as a protégé of Chef Bruno Marti, the beloved godfather of fine dining cuisine in Canada. With Chef Marti’s guidance, Jen developed an uncompromising dedication to high-quality food ingredients. She then worked and trained in Michelin-starred restaurants. After returning to Vancouver, Chef Jen created a line of gluten free flours (NextJen) without compromising flavor. We welcome Chef Jen to The Gourmet Warehouse team of culinary experts.

Hamid Salimian

Born in Iran, Hamid grew up on the edge of the Caspian Sea and learned about traditional Persian cuisine amid his father’s citrus orchards and dairy farm. Soon after his family relocated to Vancouver, British Columbia, Hamid enrolled in culinary and pastry arts at Vancouver Community College for his first formal training as a chef and graduated at the top of his class. He learned the essential skills to combine the heritage of Persian cuisine with influences of the Pacific Northwest and began to define a uniquely creative and contemporary approach. During a successful apprenticeship at Vancouver’s renowned Sutton Place Hotel, Hamid trained in classic French cuisine and began to explore the world of food competition.

Kristofer Bihis
Kristofer Bihis

Kristofer hails from working in various restaurants across Canada. Educated in France and England this young instructor is keen to teach and share his knowledge. While quickly escalating up the ranks in the kitchens Kris' expertise lies in French cooking and Pastry. We are excited to welcome Kris to our team of experts at The Gourmet Warehouse.

Rick Gaspard, Gourmet Warehouse Cooking Class / Baking Instructor. Specializes in creating and decorating desserts for all occasions. Rick can accomodate any skill level.
Rick Gaspard

Our in-house baker and customer service expert, Rick Gaspard, brings a wealth of knowledge to The Gourmet Warehouse.

After nearly 2 decades of creating custom cakes for all occasions, Rick now shares some of his secrets to creating awe inspiring desserts. Rick specializes in providing his students with a solid understanding of the basic techniques used to create outstanding designs. 

Cindy Low
Cindy Low

Chef Cindy Low invites you to join her culinary adventures around the world. Over the past eight years, she has taught more than 200 cooking classes, including Thai, Chinese, Indian, Japanese sushi, Vietnamese, Southeast Asian, Asian fusion, Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Mexican, contemporary and West Coast. Her extensive travels (as an international tour leader and as a travel writer) lend an authenticity to her interpretations of global cuisines. She has travelled to 85 countries and speaks six languages.

Chef Cindy has also worked in top Vancouver restaurants and for one of Canada's top catering companies.

In partnership with the VGH Centre for Cardiovascular Health, Chef Cindy has recently launched a program of "healthy heart" cooking classes. She has appeared on a cooking segment on Global TV's Morning News.

Chef Cindy has been the resident teaching chef at The Gourmet Warehouse since 2013. She offers an impressive range of classes in various international cuisines. Her popular classes appeal to a diverse audience of home cooks, from beginners to serious foodies.

Caren McSherry

Caren McSherry, owner of the Gourmet Warehouse was born and raised in Vancouver. With her world-wide culinary education, successful cooking school, unique wholesale foods business, and exuberant personality Caren McSherry is one of the best known names in the Canadian culinary industry. Her well-rounded education includes training at the distinguished Cordon Bleu in London, England; The Oriental Hotel, Bangkok; the Culinary Institute of America, New York; the list goes on.

Caren's Cooking School is the longest running private school in Canada. She also owns the successful Gourmet Warehouse, offering specialty foods at wholesale prices to the public-the first of its type in Canada.

A regular guest chef with Crystal Cruise Lines, Caren has participated in large special events such as a 12-day eastern Mediterranean cruise which involved creating dishes indigenous to each country visited. Caren hosted CKNW's Food and Wine Show for two years. She is also one of Global TV's resident chefs on Saturday morning news. She can be heard weekly on The Bill Good Show, CKNW/98, discussing the latest food trends and recipes.