Meet the Instructors


Grace C.E. Esler


Majoring in Dietetics and Mass Communications from Chicago, Illinois, Grace has always had a passion for food and cooking from dining experiences in the city. Grace writes for her self developed of blog of recipes and restaurant reviews at Hoping to become a professional food writer, photographer, and registered dietitian, Grace is excited to bring her creative influence into the kitchen




Molly Brennan


. My philosophy on cooking is to try to incorporate fresh and seasonal ingredients into your favorite recipes.  Don’t be afraid to experiment! Cooking is a creative form of self-expression, take risks, try new ingredient and flavor combinations, attempt a new recipe, but most importantly have fun! I would have to say that my favorite part of being an instructor, whether it’s cutting a tomato, sautéing vegetables, or taking the first nibble of a new recipe, watching audience members get excited and enthusiastic about cooking establishes a connection that makes this job meaningful! My favorite recipe to make is chocolate chip marshmallow cornflake cookies. Otherwise my hobbies and other interests include swing dance, writing, and painting, baking, listening to music, and watching adorable red panda YouTube videos

Favorite quote:

“There is no such thing as failure, just unconventional paths to success!”

Olivia Birlson

SAMSUNG CSC     My name is Olivia, and I love butter. I’m a senior in dietetics and a certificate in entrepreneurship. Someday I would love to combine my love for food and nutrition into my own business by teaching people how to cook healthfully for themselves. I take great pride in creating delicious dishes for the people I love, and have received verbal proof that my cooking abilities are how I hooked my fiancee. 

     My favorite thing besides cooking is traveling, and I think that will shine through in my posts. I plan on documenting my future travels for all of our readers, and I hope one day you take the opportunity to visit these places and try these amazing dishes. Just remember, its better to look back on life and say “I can’t believe I did that” than to look back and say “I wish I did that.” 

Sam Martinez, DTR

SAMSUNG CSC       I’ve actually only been cooking since I got to college! Leaving the comfort of home and your Italian mother’s wonderful cooking puts you in a tight spot when it comes down to eating. But ever since I have had to cook for myself I have drowned my brain with different recipes, cooking techniques, and styles of food. In 2014 I was a Boilermaker Culinary Throwdown Champion, and even later that year I found myself cooking in a kitchen in New Jersey for an entire summer. Needless to say my love for food has taken me to some interesting places during my college career.

      Graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics/Nutrition, Fitness & Health in 2015 and having recently become a Dietetic Technician, Registered, I am hoping to work with athletes someday and maybe even own a farm-to-curb style food-truck.

“Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.” -Voltaire

Zach Jordan

SAMSUNG CSCZach Jordan is a theme park engineering student who has loved to cook his entire life, which according to his parents, “is alright.” Throughout his life he has entertained tens of people with his signature dishes, such as Easy-Mac with dried oregano, or brandless nondescript toaster pastries a la mode. He combines his passions for food and science together, deriving the physics, chemistry, and thermodynamics behind cooking. Due to a tinsel accident, his personality may be too festive for children. He also may have written this in the third person.