Lyukum Cooking Lab

Spicewood, TX

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My skills and experience are broad and I can tailor my consultations, workshops, and cooking to fit specific needs of my clients.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like meeting people who share my passion for cooking. More than anything, I like being able to make people passionate about food.


Spicewood, TX 78669


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26 Reviews
  • Karen M. Apr 8, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Tapas anniversary party.
    Very enjoyable evening! We learned a lot and had a very satisfying meal with great company. Truly entertaining.
  • Lynn P. Mar 11, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Fun private cooking class
    My daughter and I had a cooking class, making pasta with three sauces. Very nice and patient. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and would do it again. Highly recommended!!!
  • Tracy C. Mar 3, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Perfect food and an unforgettable experience
    Kat is an amazing chef and her food was fresh, unique, and delicious. She prepared a meal for a baby shower and it was so special that this is a memory that my friends will never forget. She was kind, and nice and very knowledgeable of food.
  • Sam B. Feb 15, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Educational Food Fun!
    We had a wonderful time with Kate. Her approach is very educational and is based on her passion for food, which is contagious. She takes the time to explain the background of every detail and does a lot of taste testing of ingredients, sauces, etc. I liken the experience to reading a good book with heavy character development in the beginning that makes the rest of the book (the actual cooking experience) that much more enjoyable later on. I've done other cooking classes that were a lot of fun, but I came away learning MUCH more in this one, while still having a good time. I highly recommend Kate.
  • Graham O. Jan 8, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Really Wonderful Experience.
    Really glad we took a class from Katya - she was very thorough and a great teacher. Her kitchen was fantastic for a lesson. The value for the price was just amazing. Looking forward to visiting her again.
  • Ed P. Dec 22, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Private Sushi Class for 5 - good results.
    Katya did a great job of checking out our wants and experience before committing to a sushi class in our kitchen. When she arrived she adpated well to our environment and even adjusted her agenda to our distracted ladies-night group. Her experience as a chef and instructor were clear from her comportment, emphasis on safety, and tips on shopping and selection of ingredients and spices. She transmits a great understanding of the cooking process, how you can adjust for preferences, and I look forward to more of her classes and meals.
  • Kari A. Dec 13, 2016
    Wonderful Experience
    I attended a Wedding Shower here and everything was the best!
  • Anna D. Dec 13, 2016
    Delicious, beautiful, and educational experience
    A truly wonderful hostess who served us delicious food and fascinated us with her stories of cooking! Amazing experience.
  • Evgenia W. Dec 13, 2016
    Intellectual Spin on Food
    We went for a bridal shower, and were stunned by the amazing host Katya, who not only prepared a fantastic tea ceremony with delightful sour and sweet finger food, but also supplemented it with a verbal tour of the ingredients that came from all over the world. She told us pf their origins, and (importantly) places to find them in Austin. Besides, she answered our questions with great enthusiasm and impressive thoroughness. She is not just an excellent chef, she is a very knowledgable person, who sparks interest in people. I loved the experience, and cannot wait to learn more from her stories and demonstrations!
  • Elena K. Jul 31, 2016
    I have taken a few classes at Lyukum cooking lab and also was lucky to be invited for a tasting party once
  • Angie M. Jul 27, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Awesome experience, lots of good information provided, detailed explanations on every step of the cooking process, will hire her again!
  • Tamara K. Jul 27, 2016
    The most doable, understandable, and classy classes - though the result looks fancy and you cannot believe that you actually made it. Highly recommend!
  • Susan R. Jul 26, 2016
    Have taken several cooking classes with Katya. Each one better than the last. Fun, informative, and serious cooking.
  • Larisa A. Jul 26, 2016
    I took Katya's class on making Chebureks ( kind of Russian pies). It was an amazing experience at her high level kitchen. Katy is a very thoughtful, very neatly prepared for a class instructor. I learned several cooking "tricks" while learning how to make chebureks. The class was a real fun! I actually made them at home three times after the class though I am not a good cook generally. Every time I had questions, and Katya promptly and detaily answered to my texts. Now I know I can really please a guest with a wonderfully tasted dish, thank you, Katya!
  • Masha O. Jul 26, 2016
    Katya's class in the Thai food series was fantastic! So much detail on culture, ingredients, methods, presentation! And of course, the meal itself was a great treat. Cant's wait to learn more from Katya!
  • Michi S. May 17, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Our experience with Kate was phenomenal! She cooked a delicious meal for 15 people. 5 teen girls and 10 adults. A vegetarian, a gluten free, and my husband that doesn't like white creamy sauces! She was able to make a delicious meal that we could all enjoy and didn't have to skimp on anything! Our first coursed was her watermelon gazpacho- BIG success! EVERYONE couldn't stop talking about it! Second course Edamame hummus with chips and a bursts and tomato salad. So good! Our main dish was a Pork Wellington that was moist and so delicious! We had some mushrooms and caramelized cauliflower that was simple but so full of flavor we all just raced at the exquisite taste and how it paired so well with the Wellington. For dessert L, Kate prepared a vegetarian/gluten free chocolate mouse and a to die for pastel de calabaza! My husband and I enjoyed it so much that we have asked Kate to come back in June to cook for us again before our daughters graduation for a small family gathering. We can't wait for that dinner! We highly recommend Kate. She was so careful to listen to our special dietary needs and suggested our menu to reflect her care.
  • Olga P. Apr 26, 2016
    Pastry Chef and Cake Making Services
    Verified Review
    I've ordered Zefir pastries for the Bridal Shower. They were amazingly good, delicious! Everybody enjoyed them. Kateryna is very skillful and knowledgeable Chef. She also have a very interesting and informative web page, which has been a big inspiration to me. I like that she does not just provide recipes, but explains chemistry of cooking.
  • Aaron S. Apr 25, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Thumbtack found a teacher for exactly what I was looking for. This will be a birthday to remember for my wife. Thank you so much!
  • Susan I. Mar 15, 2016
    To Our Chef de cuisine, Kaye Alimpiyeva, many thanks for enthusiasm and fine Teaching skills. Authentic cooking class French Crepes, Savory and Sweet developed four Sous Chefs extrodanarire! Sharing her knowledge and Love of Culinary skills, Kaye took time to develope our natural talents and eliminated our simple fears! Looking forward to meeting these Fine Ladies again in Our Teachers Executive Kitchen! She opened a door for Future techniques and exquisite Desserts! C'est la vie Katya,
  • Natalia K. Mar 10, 2016
    Wonderful and high inspirational blog Bliny was star of the night used recipe and ideas for prezentation Thank you very much Katya!!!!
  • Laci H. Feb 7, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    We just left our private cooking class at Katya's kitchen and we couldn't wait to write her a great review! This cooking class far exceeded our expectations. We had a call with Katya a couple weeks before our class to talk about what was important to us, and she tailored a class around our needs. She purchased all the ingredients, made a nice printout with recipes and tips, and was very thorough every step of the way. Like another student said, she made us feel like guests in her home rather than clients. We loved that she gave her personal recommendations for ingredients and cooking tools that it has taken her many years to figure out, so we can start our road to becoming cooking experts from a much better place. Thank you Katya! We will see you again!
  • Jay V. Dec 23, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Learned how to make an apple pie/tart and crust from scratch (in preparing for Thanksgiving). I decided to do a one-on-one lesson in my own kitchen. She brought everything we needed and took the time to teach me all I wanted to know about why things are done a certain way which for me was great. She was professional, patient, and kind. I would definitely use her again when I want to learn how to make another dish.
  • Roxan R. Jan 25, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    The cooking experience at the Lyukum cooking lab was amazing. It is held in her beautiful kitchen at her beautiful home, where you feel like you are out on a country estate, Kate is very easy to work with and her goal is to give you the best cooking experience you can imagine! She is very thorough, explaining what and why she is doing what she is doing and Kate uses very high quality ingredients. It is definitely a first class operation!
  • Vicki Z. Dec 16, 2014
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Kate has been very creative and responsive to our group's ideas for cooking classes. Her passion for cooking and teaching really shows in all she does. Her kitchen lab is gorgeous. Friends and I attended a tasting demo and found the food to be amazing and Kate's warm hospitality to be top notch!
  • Jay F. Nov 28, 2014
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    I worked with Kate to set up classes as a gift for my son. She has been extremely helpful, even making suggestions for alternative gifts; but lessons are what will please him the most. I will update this in the spring, once I get reports from Kate and son on the classes. At this point, could not be happier with our arrangements and with Kate.
  • Mary C. Nov 25, 2014
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Kate did a crepe class for 6 women at her home. It was so informative: cutting techniques, two ways to use leeks, practical info on ingredients, and presentation skills. The hands-on chance to make crepes and three stuffings left us all so confident.


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
1. I talk to my customers to make sure I understand what kind of service they are looking for. We discuss all the details. If needed, I invite them to my free demo. 2. We set the date and time. I expect my customers to confirm the date, time, and final number of guests 2 days before the event. This is the time when my customers can make changes to what we discussed earlier, including entire cancellation of the event — free of charge. 3. After confirmation, I provide my kitchen address and final instructions. All changes related to the event made after confirmation are subject to fee. Last minute cancellation should be paid 50% of price.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have studied professional classic French cooking at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts with one of the best teachers in Austin, Jason Reynolds. My internships in acclaimed Austin restaurants — Uchi, Contigo, and Siena — helped me to learn and practice professional kitchen skills. I attended an intense training for pastry arts professionals in Spain to study modern European deserts. My Master of Fine Arts Degree and years of experience as graphic designer give me a strong basis for aesthetic skills and creativity with food.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Private and group (up to 12 guests) cooking classes; Cooking tools and equipment, diet, nutrition, healthy eating consulting; Personal chef services, limited catering, pastry chef services; Recipe development, food styling, food photography.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
See examples of my cooking classes, tasting events, and catering on my website.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire someone you trust. To make sure you get what you are looking for, discuss all details in advance.