Tracy Paulding Cates
Program Director and Teacher
Tracy Cates is the creator and director of COOK! Programs, where she passionately guides kids, ages 8 - 18 toward success through culinary experimentation. She has a BA in Traditional Eastern Arts from Naropa University and has completed a one-year training in Chanoyu (The Japanese Art of Tea), in Kyoto, Japan at the Urasenke Foundation. Her culinary training comes from close to 30 years of professional experience, peppered with intensive studies with chefs from around the world. In addition to her love for food and cooking, Tracy is deeply dedicated to education and providing opportunities for young people to nurture their interests, cultivate their skills, and have the confidence to be productive and positive role models in their own communities.