About Us

You must be wondering…what’s going on with our favorite cooking school, From the Field? You may have heard that after 10 successful years, Bill Turney has decided to sell his beautiful cooking school. But don’t worry…there is a new owner and she is charged and excited to take over and give you that culinary education that you have grown accustomed to and more. 


amanda-pyleAmanda Pyle

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 was a classmate of former owner, Bill Turney and 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 six 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 will specialize 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 will teach 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 10-20, 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 cooked and managed restaurants all over the Peoria area for over 10 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 and 2016 Chef of the Year.