Chef Jesse Otero is based in Bellingham, where he is employed as an artisan baker and culinary instructor. After working as a chef in fine restaurants around the West, he is happy to call the beautiful Pacific Northwest home. Aside from his love of cooking, he enjoys working in his art studio, gardening with his partner, Kristin, and listening to music.
Given the cross-cultural scope of cooking classes he’s taught, it's no surprise to learn that Jesse Otero has a degree in anthropology. But what really nudged Jesse to a career in the culinary arts was not his university studies, but a graduation present: a $100 gift certificate for Barnes and Noble.
One of the books he purchased was Culinary Artistry by Andrew Dorneburg. "I realized here is something that can satisfy creative urges, it can express philosophy, it has a political dimension. This book really spoke to me and it was very exciting,” said Jesse.
Jesse's combination of passion and skill allowed him to rise up the ranks in the culinary world, getting increasingly better positions in increasingly prestigious restaurants.
Jesse’s recent classes have included: Northwest Paella, Venetian Bar Plates, Cooking with Spices, Peruvian Table, Scandinavian Smorgasbord, Spanish Seafood Tapas, Japan Farm Food
Raves for Jesse’s classes:
“It’s like watching a great artist to see Jesse work on two paellas at one time. His attention to detail and appearance is amazing!”
“Chef Otero was wonderful, relaxed and full of great tips and information.”
“Jesse’s a superb chef. We’re really lucky to have him here!”
“Jesse is so casually comfortable with the ingredients and techniques he uses, all with a running commentary for us to follow. How do you improve on perfect?!”