Cooking instructor Julia Crookston will bring her unique verve to a second year of cooking instruction at MaxFunCon.

Julia Crookston began her culinary career in the Bay Area working with Joyce Goldstein at Chez Panisse Cafe in Berkeley , and at the Washington Square Bar and Grill , Stars Restaurant , and Little City Anti Pasti Bar in San Francisco. Chef Crookston was Executive Dining Room Chef for Sony Pictures , Chef/Manager of Pharmacia , and Executive Chef for Woodbury University. Most recently , she worked as Executive Chef and General Manger of Bon Appetit Management Company at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia , CA. She also taught at the California School of Culinary Arts. She is a member of the American Culinary Federation.