Meet the Instructors

Cooking Instructors

Meet Kitchen Kneads’ in-house and guest baking instructors.

We’re proud to host our staff’s best cooks in our Cooking School where they welcome the opportunity to share their knowledge with you. Whether you’re new to cooking, or a professional looking to elevate your skills, our instructors are here to help you learn. The small class sizes encourage one-on-one learning and our instructors love to be in the classroom with you.

We’re pleased to also welcome great cooks and cookbook authors to teach at Kitchen Kneads’ Cooking School. We bring cooks at the top of their game to work with our students in intimate, intensive workshop sessions. Here you have the rare opportunity to learn with cooks who match your passion for baking with their own.

Kitchen Kneads Instructors


Cindy Child

Cindy has been instructing classes at Kitchen Kneads since 1990. She has a love for teaching and that comes out in her infectious personality and instructional style. Cindy will leave you with new tips and shortcuts to help you achieve great results in whatever you are making for your family. She grew up at Kitchen Kneads and learned at an early age the value of cooking at home and how that brings families together.

Alan Crane

Alan has been making bread since an early age at Kitchen Kneads. He learned to cook with whole grains from his parents and continued his love for baking as he served his Mission in Rome, Italy. Since his return, he has had a passion for re-creating bread from the different regions in which he served. Alan regularly holds classes at Kitchen Kneads where he loves to share his knowledge of bread. Alan has a personal obsession with everything ketchup and salsa!

Chef Brad Peterson

Chef Brad is America’s leading authority on cooking and baking with grains. It is no accident he is known as America’s Grain Guy. Chef Brad is passionate about what he does and his passion is a huge part of his success. His style of cooking enables others to actually have the courage to do it. He is known for his ease and relaxed style of teaching.

Bruce & Carla Crane

Bruce and Carla Crane have been teaching about cooking and baking with whole grains in the Intermountain West for over 40 years. Their vast knowledge and ability to help home cooks achieve their dietary goals have led them to become industry experts and speak often on the benefits of a whole grain diet.

Guest Instructors


Nikki Madsen

Nikki has been a class instructor at Kitchen Kneads for over a decade. She has a passion for candy making with an emphasis on chocolate and the holidays! She has simple yet effective shortcuts and tips that she has picked up from a lifetime of working at Kitchen Kneads that will help your treats shine!

Chef Brian Child

Food has in some form or another been a guiding force in Brian’s life. Brian began his culinary journey at a very early age cooking food for his family. His Mother helped to instill a love for cooking and nurtured his drive to become better at the craft. He has spent 15 years teaching culinary classes on pressure cooking, grilling, BBQ and smoking meat.

JeriDee Burnett

Jeridee Burnett is a pie making expert! Jeridee has been teaching pie making classes for family, friends and teaches classes at Kitchen Kneads twice a year!

Kristin Petrucci

Kristin Petrucci is now working on preserving her mother-in-law’s culinary heritage by writing the family recipes. Teaching cooking classes is another way she is able to honor these unspoken family stories passed down from generations.