-Degree in Nutrition from Eastern Illinois University
-Worked as food technologist in product development
-Attended Forest Park Community College in their Culinary Program
-Now Dierbergs Edwardsville School of Cooking Manager
Known as the Queen of Cool Whip, Loretta Evans has a cooking style that is laid back and down to earth, and usually on the healthy side. After her work as a food technologist, Loretta had plans to become a chef. She headed to Forest Park’s renowned Culinary Program, and soon became manager of Dierbergs School of Cooking, first at Mid Rivers, then Bogey Hills, and currently in her own neighborhood at Edwardsville.
The job with Dierbergs is a great fit. Loretta has found her niche teaching light cooking classes, such as On the Light Side, which use her nutrition background to teach healthy cooking.
When she’s not helping others learn to cook, Loretta loves baking, especially if she is baking pies. This passion comes, in part, from Loretta’s Grandma, who she remembers baking everything from scratch without using any kind of measurements. Loretta’s experience learning how to cook has compelled her to continue teaching others. Using simple and easily duplicated recipes, Loretta is whipping up a new batch of memories to share.
Loretta’s Cooking Tip: “Don’t be afraid of the kitchen. Cooking might get messy, but that might inspire you to try other things as you go.”
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