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What's Cooking at BUGS

Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) is cooking up some fun, educational opportunities with a little help from their newest addition, Christina Murray.


Culinary coach, activist, and of course chef, Christina Murray is a woman of many roles. Currently she is the executive chef at Boise Urban Garden School developing a sustainable curriculum utilizing produce from the onsite urban garden. She creates recipes that go directly from seed to plate (or from garden to the home kitchen).  Christina received her classical training from top ranked International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) graduating with honors. She also attended the New School in Manhattan earning a Bachelor of Science in food politics and graduating with honors. More recently she earned a Culinary Health Education Certificate from Harvard Medical School. Utilizing her education, she will reconnect people to their local food systems in hope of fostering a healthier relationship with food. Christina will continue to educate the world about home cooking one person at a time.

For Christina, her passion for cooking stems from her childhood.

"From a very young age I loved to cook with both of my grandmothers using wholesome ingredients. I am thankful to have learned to cook from them. Unfortunately, we are losing this connection with food. Today, my passion stems from my desire to teach others to cook and create healthier relationships with food."

As a classically trained chef, Christina learned to build a strong foundation of cooking based on French techniques and plans to utilize these skills to create recipes that are accessible to all types of cooks. Her hope is to show others healthy cooking can be quick, simple and full of flavor.

Christina will be leading several upcoming cooking classes through BUGS. Try one or try them all - there are a variety of options for every experience level and palate.

Allergen-Friendly Cooking

October 3

Become inspired by this delicious healthy allergen friendly cooking class. In this 2-hour class the chef will discuss the top 8 food allergens and show you practical substitutions for ingredients in traditional recipes.


Plant-Based Cooking Series

October 16-18

Spend three nights in a row in the BUGS kitchen learning how to prepare delicious, plant based meals. Not only will you learn how to make the most out of your garden produce, but you’ll also learn some handy kitchen tricks to make your food prep time more efficient.


Published: September 27, 2018