"Discover yourself through cooking"

About Us

Amanda Pyle Instructing

Amanda Pyle, Executive Chef / Owner

Hi, I’m Amanda Pyle and have been working in the food industry for over 27 years.  I have worked every position in the restaurant industry from waitress to bartender to Executive Chef and now I want to share my culinary and restaurant knowledge with you! 

I graduated from the ICC Culinary Arts program with honors in 2006 and since then have been managing and working in local area restaurants as well as teaching for the ICC Culinary Arts Program for the last 11 years.  In addition to teaching for the ICC culinary curriculum, I also had the pleasure of  teaching ICC workshops for the community for almost 5 years.  That’s why this adventure seemed like the perfect fit when I purchased it from the previous owner in 2016!  I love sharing my culinary practice and vision with you, the community in the form of fun and unique classes for the whole family! 

At The Cookery, teaching is our mission. We know that if you join us for a cooking class, you will love it and you will return again.  Our classes are fun, unique, and also technique driven – which is something unique to this area.  Our goal is always to be sure that our guests are treated well, learn a lot and have a great time while doing so.  Come let The Cookery take your cooking skills to the next level. 

The Cookery specializes in fun hands-on cooking classes for anyone interested in food!  We have ethnic themed classes for the adventurer, lady’s nights for the ladies, tons of kid’s classes, and a whole lot more!  The Cookery teaches both savory and baking classes as well, which ensures a wide range of topics that many can enjoy.  The Cookery has something for everybody! And did I mention we do all of the dishes?

In addition to cooking classes, The Cookery can help you plan a party for an upcoming special occasion, create a fun class for groups of 10-25, and even help facilitate team building workshops for your business!  We also do full scale small and large catering, in-home dinner parties, and- now, The Cookery also has single serve Gourmet Meals TO GO! Whether you are busy professionals or have elderly folks who could benefit from homemade packaged meals, our Gourmet To Go line could be right for you!  Please think to give The Cookery a call for any of your food and catering needs.

About our Local Chef / Owner~

Chef Amanda Pyle has worked, cooked and managed restaurants all over the Peoria area for over 27 years. She lives in Morton, IL with her husband, daughter, 2 dogs and a cat.  She also loves to compete within the local chef’s food circuit and is President of the local chapter of the Heart of Illinois American Chef’s Federation.  In 2016 she was awarded several titles including Food Fight 2016 Champion, 2016 American Chefs Federation BBQ Chicken Judge’s Choice & People’s Choice Champion, and also 2016 first ever Peoria Chopped Champion as well as 2016 Chef of the Year.  2017 and later accolades include 2nd place BBQ Judge’s Choice for Sausages, 2nd Place Food Fight 2018, and she also won 1st Place Judges Chili in 2019 & 2020 for most original chili.  Also in 2020, Amanda was the HOI Chef’s association’s Judge’s Choice winner for Double Crusted Pie and also First Place Judges Choice for BBQ Chicken Wings.  She is most known for The Cookery’s signature Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad but her favorite kind of food to cook is definitely Tex Mex or Asian! Amanda’s favorite class to teach is Knife Skills because it is life changing, followed by Superfoods, which is also life changing!

The mediocre teacher tells.

The good teacher explains.

The superior teacher demonstrates.

The great teacher inspires.

William Arthur Ward

Chef Amanda Pyle

Meet the Cookery Crew!!

These teachers inspire and amaze with their passion and talents!

Coming soon….we have 2 new instructors starting in April and I cannot wait to introduce you to them!


Meet Sara Wiegand, Instructor – Student Chef

Hello there, I’m Sara! From a very young age, I have had a wonderful cooking experience working with my mom, grandmas, and aunts, to supply our families with tasty meals, yeast breads, and many different types of delicious pies. I have always had a passion for learning, especially when someone is teaching me how to create and plate unique, specialty dishes. So, in the fall of 2020, I decided to start on my Culinary Arts degree. While taking Culinary Arts courses, I had the privilege of meeting Chef Amanda. Chef Amanda offered me a position at The Cookery, and I eagerly took the opportunity! You will often see me in kids’ classes, baking classes, and many other of our fantastic classes as I get the fabulous opportunity to share my passion for food and cooking with others.
Sara Wiegand