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Meet Amanda Cushman of Simple Real Food in Santa Monica

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Cushman.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Amanda. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started in the food business over thirty years ago in NYC as a caterer and have lived and worked all over the country.

I presently teach cooking classes privately in homes in LA, NY, NC and FL.

I am focused on healthy, global dishes and specialize in clean, simple food.

I teach groups of all sizes from two to twenty.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
No, there have been challenges.

When I relocated, it is a rough road to get started and I often take temporary positions to get me through the first two years.

In LA, I taught at a private school for kids and worked with other caterers as their chef to get started and get my name out there. I also wrote a column on food for the SMDP so people would start to know my name.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Simple Real Food story. Tell us more about the business.
I am known for clean, global menus that are simple to replicate and delicious.

I am proud that as a one woman show for over thirty years my business continues to grow and expand.

Next year, I will add culinary trips to Italy to my business.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Not much, I believe you make your luck.


  • $85 per person for a private in home cooking class for groups of 12 and over.
  • One on one classes are a flat rate of $375.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 310 980 0139
  • Email:
  • Instagram: chefamandacushman
  • Facebook: chefamandacushman
  • Twitter: @chefcushman

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