Executive Chef / Director of Culinary Programs

Chef Barbara Alexander

Barbara Alexander is the Executive Chef of the Napa Valley Cooking School at Napa Valley College. Chef Alexander comes from a long line of pedigree restaurants, hotels, and cooking schools. Beginning with a classical 3-year apprenticeship at the Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, she went on to 15 years of Executive Chef positions at acclaimed restaurants in Vancouver, British Columbia, London, England, and Sydney, Australia before embarking upon a career in Culinary Education which took her back to her native Canada, then to the Napa Valley. She has held the esteemed position of Senior Chef Instructor at Dubrulle International Culinary and Hotel Institute of Canada, and The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone before becoming Director of Culinary Programs and Executive Chef here at NVCS. Chef Barbara is a Certified Executive Chef with American Culinary Federation, and holds a Certified Hospitality Educator degree. Well rooted in classical culinary education, Chef Barbara works hard to instill the importance of technique and craft on her students while empowering them with passion, inspiration and commitment.



Chef Lui

Chef Lui - Born in San Diego and raised in Ensenada, Mexico, Chef Lui moved to the Napa Valley in 2004 to study winemaking and culinary arts at the Napa Valley College, graduating at the top of the class from the Napa Valley Cooking School in 2006 on the honor roll in both the Napa Valley College’s VWT Enology and Winemaking Program and the Wine Marketing and Sales Program. He worked in the kitchen at Domaine Chandon and came back to the Upper Valley Campus to work as a teaching assistant.


Adjunct Faculty, Guest Chefs, Guest Speakers:

Dieter Dopplefeld, Certified Master Chef, Culinary Institute of America faculty
Adam Busby, Certified Master Chef, Culinary Institute of America faculty
Cindy Pawlcyn, Chef/Restaurateur
Kim Wiss, Winery Chef
Stan King, Butcher, Cal Mart Calistoga
John Paul Khoury, Preferred Meats
Kim Caffrey, Wine Educator, Silver Oak, Rutherford, CA
Charles Monahan, Napa Small Business & Development, Food and Beverage Cost Control Instructor
Mariano Orlando, Private Chef
Osprey Seafood

** Guest chefs may vary each year depending upon availability.