Chef Jeff Palmer, Lead Instructor/TSA Culinary Arts Academy

Chef Jeff Palmer has been a Culinary Arts Instructor for the Baldwin Park Adult School since 1999. Jeff holds a Vocational Teaching Credential in Food and Beverage Production through San Diego State University. Chef Jeff and the Culinary Arts program has received several awards of congressional recognition from former Congresswoman Hilda Solis and Awards of Achievement from Assemblymen Ed Hernandez. On October 30, 2010 Chef Jeff was presented the CALCO Excellence in Teaching award by the California Counsel of Adult Education (CCAE). Most recently, on June 3, 2011, Chef Jeff received the Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education, Teacher of the Year Award for the 2010-2011 school year.


Prior to teaching, Chef Jeff Palmer worked as a Chef in the foodservice industry. He worked for a company named Food Systems Inc. as a Chef, Chef manager, and assistant Catering Manager. He also worked as a Chef consultant for a short time, working in private homes, catering companies, and restaurants. Chef Jeff enjoys bringing his "Real life" experience and passion to the classroom to share with the students of the Culinary Arts Academy


Chef Brandon Palmer, Chef Instructor District Office Cafe

Chef Brandon Palmer has been a Culinary Arts Instructor for the Baldwin Park Adult School since May 2010. Chef Brandon currently teaches the students at the District Office Cafe. Students learn how read and fire tickets like in a "Real Restaurant" serving the staff of the Baldwin Park Unified School District Administration Building. Chef Brandon formerly taught at our Culinary School teaching the Introduction and Advanced courses.  

Chef Brandon brings recent "Real Life" experience to the program. Chef Brandon was formerly the Executive Sous Chef of the Pacific Palms Resort. In his seven year stint at the resort he served as the Banquet Chef, Chef de Cuisine, and last as the Executive Sous Chef of foodservice operations. In 2006, Chef Brandon received the distinguished award of Sous Chef of the Year from the Southern California Restaurant Writers Association. Chef Brandon brings strong foundation skills to the Culinary Arts Academy and its students.


Chef Leslie Riley, Chef Instructor Culinary Arts Academy

Chef Riley has been teaching for the Culianry Arts Academy since November 2011. Chef Leslie has worked as an Executive Chef Duxbury's Catering, Chef Assistant/Pastry Chef at the Parlour Wine Bar and Bistro in Glendora, Pastry Chef for Smashbox Studios in Culver City among other position while working professional as a Chef. Chef Leslie believes strongly in the utilization of local seasonal ingredients and shows our students the importance in her classes. Chef Leslie currently teaches Advanced Professional Cooking and International Cuisine I and II.  We are glad to have Chef Leslie as part of our team! 


Chef Derrick Spears, Chef Instructor Culinary Arts Academy

Chef Spears has been teaching with the Baldwin Park Culinary Arts Academy since October 22, 2012. Chef Derrick currently teaches Introduction to Professional Cooking and Garde Manger. We are glad to have Chef Derick Spears as part of our team!