The Educator


With firsthand knowledge of the challenges, she saw so many encountering with the running of their “home restaurant” while juggling the demands of life and looking for a new direction she segued into teaching. Her focus with her Feeding the Family program was to teach people how to develop a 360-degree view of food preparation so as not to get bogged down cooking one recipe at a time.  This teaching led to her being recruited into the appliance industry where she was able to coalesce the experiences of her food career into a successful educational program.

For the past twenty years, Larissa has worked as the Culinary Director for the Purcell Murray Company, a Bay Area Distributor of high-end appliances. In that time she developed in-depth educational programs to teach people how to effectively use a variety of high-end appliances from Thermador, Bosch, Gaggenau, Bertazzoni, Hestan, and La Cornue. A wide selection of instructional videos that she made for these brands are available on YouTube, and the many views these videos have received clearly show the need for in-depth appliance education.


Many talented people were part of the Purcell Murray culinary team presenting and assisting at training events for appliance industry salespeople and consumers throughout California, and Larissa is pleased to feature some key team members as contributors to this website.


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The Contributors

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Susanne Jensen



After moving to the Bay Area Susanne continued her work catering and teaching cooking to adults interested in learning more about plant-based diets and the power of food for healing.


Twenty years ago Susanne joined the staff at Willard Middle School in Berkeley continuing her teaching career with young people.  She feels grateful to be able to share her love of cooking with them and is always inspired by their enthusiasm and curiosity.

As part of the fund-raising efforts to maintain the valuable garden and cooking program at the school, Susanne has been a driving force in many fund-raising outreach programs routinely orchestrating the preparation of up to 400 meals. In addition, Susanne has been a valuable member of the Purcell Murray culinary education team for the past 18 years.

If Susanne was a fruit, it would be a Pink Lady Apple because it’s crisp, firm, and sweet.

Contact: susannejensen@yahoo.com


Cathy Dyla



Her many years of experience working as a wedding and event coordinator and participating in catering with her church community proved invaluable for the many large scale successful  industry events she has coordinated over the years.


Cathy’s marvelous culinary skills combined with her effervescent personality  made her a popular teacher and trainer for the appliance industry.


Paul Tang



Paul was able to continue his culinary education working closely with the many outstanding chefs who participated in our events and always received kudos from them for his excellent skills, personable manner and his ability to successfully orchestrate events.


These days Paul indulges his creativity and passion for cooking with catering and private chef work as well as In-home cooking classes.

Contact Paul - chefpt88@gmail.com