Jim Tinkham



Chef Jim Tinkham (CEC, ACE, CCA, AAC) is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, and a Certified Executive Chef. He started his career in 1979 in the hotel/casino industries and currently works for Fresh Ideas Food Service Management as the Executive Chef at William Jewell College. Chef Jim is the President of the Greater Kansas City Chefs Association and was honored as their 2014 “Chef of the Year.” He has been teaching and sharing his love of food since 2012, and firmly believes cooking should be fun! Jim proudly served his country as a member of The United States Marine Corps from 1980-1984. When he’s not in the kitchen, Chef Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Stacey and his two children Kayleigh & Bryce, golfing, and creating stained glass projects.

Current Classes

August 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Francais Facile!

Have you always wanted to prepare an exquisite French meal, the kind that makes you want to don a beret and take up miming—but thought it would be time consuming … Continued

August 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Date Night: French Cuisine with Julia Child

Show your significant other a night of international flavor by bringing them to KCA for this exclusively French-themed date night! Warm up to your partner as you work together to … Continued

August 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Beyond the Noodle!

Exquisite Italian cuisine doesn’t start and end at pasta! Join us for this class where we go far beyond everyone’s favorite noodles that come to our mind when we think … Continued

September 1 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Kids Class: Basic Knife and Sanitation Knowledge

Tired of hearing the kids talk about how bored they are? Get out of the house for a morning of learning, cooking, and fun. Not only do you get to … Continued

September 6 @ 6:00 am - 8:30 pm

Adult Class: Let’s Enjoy Cooking with Wine

What goes together better than cooking and wine? Nothing! Learn how to enhance your meals using wine and what techniques you can use to make your next meal a hit. … Continued

September 15 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Kids Class: Pasta and Sauces

Get a two-for-one: give your child the chance to learn homemade Italian food, while you get to eat it! With help from Chef Jim, kids will learn the basics of … Continued

September 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Date Night in Sonoma Valley

Ready to be transported to the beautiful vineyards of Sonoma Valley and enjoy dinner among the grapevines? Chef Jim will make it feel as if you are there by teaching … Continued

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Date Night: French Bistro

True Parisian food can be found in the city’s neighborhood bistros; casual and warm restaurants that feature classic French dishes. But you won’t have to travel THAT far to experience … Continued