Meet Cyndi Sterne, Hal’s Kitchen Owner

Hal's Kitchen owner, Cyndi SterneThe consummate entertainer, Cyndi Sterne’s adult life has been lovingly devoted to cooking and entertaining, both personally and professionally. The cooking and entertaining bug hit her when Cyndi was a young child. After her father was recuperating from surgery, she would prepare and serve innovative lunches for he and his business associates to enjoy while they worked in their living room.

Hal's Kitchen owner, Cyndi SterneThis passion continued into adulthood when her home became the gathering place for friends and neighbors looking for a great meal, fabulous wine and an altogether great time. “I had to replace my usual tee shirt for nice pajamas because my neighbors would stop by in the mornings for a cup of coffee and a bite of fresh baked pastries.”

Hal's Kitchen owner, Cyndi SterneFor the past decade Cyndi has become known for her enthusiasm for cooking and pleasing her guests, and is never completely fulfilled unless she has at least 12 people at her dining room table on any given night. She consistently amazes with her trademark cooking style of creating an amazing meal with seemingly little from the pantry. When she is not in front of the stove, she will squeeze in Pilates or a run, but never misses a chance to watch her kids play sports. After almost a decade as a single mom, Cyndi now has a house with four teens, loving spouse, and playful pup. She loves to have help in the kitchen from the kids, and always has a gathering of spoons in her kitchen so the family can taste as they cook.

“The key to great food is taste, taste, taste. I ask my kids 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 JCC 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 an outreach program called Pathways. The classes not only taught tradition and technique, but her warmth took the intimidation out of cooking.

Cyndi Sterne, Owner of Hal's KitchenAfter five years of teaching successful classes and camps 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 Hal’s Kitchen.”