Susan H.Business Owner Susan Holt and Susan Watterson opened CulinAerie in the fall of 2008. Susan Holt holds BA and MA degrees in English literature from the Univ. of Tennessee and Georgetown University and graduated from L'Academie de Cuisine's 2-year Culinary Career Training Program in 1989. Susan was executive sous-chef for 2 years at Georgetown's famous 1789, and worked at the Ritz-Carlton for 2-star Michelin chef Gerard Pangaud. She was an instructor at L'Academie de Cuisine for 12 years, teaching such technique-driven classes as bouillabaisse, puff paste, risotto, and soufflés. Susan Watterson has twenty-plus years of hands-on experience in many facets of the culinary arts: hotels (The Jefferson and Sheraton Premiere), restaurants (Old Angler's Inn, Obelisk); catering (Design Cuisine, Fete Accomplie, Susan Gage Caterers) and education (L'Academie de Cuisine). She was Managing Director of L'Academie/Bethesda, Catering Director of Fresh Start Catering and executive chef of Café Bethesda.Two long-time Washington DC residents, chefs Susan Holt and Susan Watterson, had been teaching for many years at the well-regarded culinary arts school L'Academie de Cuisine in Bethesda Maryland. They realized the need for a city-based cooking school, and spent 3 years planning CulinAerie, located six blocks from the White House and providing an extensive range of interesting topics for the gastronomically inclined residents of the city and its surrounds.