“The key to great food is taste, taste, taste. I ask my boys if it needs something salty, sweet, sour, or spicy. It’s the best way to develop their palate and take an interest in what they eat.”
While Director of Youth and Family Programming for the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Atlanta, she jumped at the chance to add the role of Cooking School Instructor. It was in this familiar role that she began leading perennially sold out Cooking and Pastry Camps for children. One of her most popular adult cooking classes was Pathways, which was made up of women who had married into the Jewish religion. The classes not only taught tradition and technique, but her warmth took the intimidation out of cooking for the in-laws.After five years of teaching successful classes and camps at the JCC, this passion for inspiring people of all ages to have fun while cooking became a full time obsession. The idea to create a cooking school was born. With motivation from her father Hal, Cyndi gathered her years of experience and launched Hal’s Kitchen.
With a focus on Corporate Team Building and Private Events, Hal’s Kitchen has found its niche. Sterne’s dedication to outstanding customer service, fun loving personality, and delicious food made the Hal’s Kitchen experience unique. Her A-list clients include executives from Porsche Cars of North America, The Home Depot, and Wells Fargo. She finds great reward in working with corporate clients.
“My favorite guests are the one who say they can’t cook. It’s my personal challenge to help them enjoy the moment, and gain confidence in their abilities. Not everyone wants to zip line or bowl, but my mission is to make sure everyone loves their time in Hals’ Kitchen.”