About Us


amanda-pyleAmanda Pyle, Executive Chef / Owner

Hi, I’m Amanda Pyle and have been working in the food industry for over 20 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 nine years.  In addition to teaching for the ICC curriculum, I taught ICC workshops for the community for almost 5 years.  That’s why this new adventure seemed like the perfect fit!  I want to share my culinary practice and vision with you, the community in the form of fun and unique classes for the whole family! 

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, monthly 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! 

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 8-20, and even help facilitate team building workshops for your business!  We also do full scale small and large catering and- now, The Cookery also has 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.  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.  Come let The Cookery take your cooking skills to the next level. 

Chef Amanda Pyle has worked, cooked and managed restaurants all over the Peoria area for over 20 years.  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 most recently 2016 first ever Peoria Chopped Champion as well as 2016 Chef of the Year.  2017 accolades include 2nd place BBQ Judge’s Choice for Sausages.  She hopes to add more awards to the upcoming 2018 season!