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About Terry Vanderpham


I love food. It's ability to bring people together, heighten people's experience and open their eyes to new cultures and flavors is the reason I cook. 

In 2009, I was disappointed with the lack of Vietnamese cuisine in Dunedin, New Zealand where I was living. Rather than opening a restaurant I opted to teach cooking lessons at the University where my husband was doing his PhD. You know how the saying goes, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

After moving back to Seattle I partnered with my sister to start Phamily Cooking. My sister and I grew up on delicious home cooked meals mostly of Vietnamese influence. Our mother, Giang Nguyen, opened one of the first Vietnamese restaurants in Seattle, Washington and imparted her love of cooking to us. We keep that going by sharing recipes and lessons on how to shop, prepare, and serve beautiful home cooked meals. While we love teaching people how to cook, more importantly, we love bringing people together to build community and enjoy life to the fullest. 

In 2018, I combined my yoga instruction into the business and opened Nourish Olympia. Our aim is to help you nourish your whole self.

Come join me and feed your body, mind, and soul!