Martha Stafford

Owner and Instructor

Martha began cooking when she was 8 years old. She loved to experiment in the kitchen. Her interest in seasonal eating began while attending High School in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from the professional program at Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (now the Institute of Culinary Education) in 1990 and was awarded a Blue Ribbon.

She apprenticed with Chef Wayne Nish, owner of March restaurant in New York City. Martha has studied with James Peterson, Marcella Hazan, Nick Malgieri, Katherine Alford, Paul Grimes, and at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health.

After graduation Martha cooked in New York restaurants and catering companies before returning to Peter Kump’s as an instructor. Martha began working for Eating Fresh Publication as a recipe editor and writer in 1996. The first book, “Eating Fresh from the Organic Garden State”, was published in 1997 followed by “Cooking Fresh from the Bay Area” in 2000, and “Cooking Fresh from the Mid-Atlantic” in 2002.

“The Charlottesville Cooking School has been a dream for a long time. I loved the chaotic happy atmosphere of my cooking school experience. I saw people bloom as they experienced the satisfaction of making themselves and others happy by creating beautiful and healthy meals. Cooking with others is a communal and therapeutic experience.” – Martha Stafford