Diane Phillips is an esteemed culinary educator, James Beard Award - nominated cookbook author, product spokesperson, and consultant to the food industry. Fondly known as The Diva of Do - Ahead, she has taught her tremendously popular do - ahead entertaining classes for more than 15 years in cooking schools nationwide, selling out in markets from the Midwest to the Bay Area. Focusing on breaking down each recipe into do - ahead steps, she allows home cooks to prepare for a party without having to stress over complicated last - minute cooking. The first of her entertaining classes, Do - Ahead Thanksgiving, was covered by the Associated Press in 2003. Phillips imparts her imaginative, timesaving cooking techniques and her keen sense of aesthetic cuisine at prestigious cooking schools throughout the country such as Draeger's, Sur La Table, Ramekins, and Viking Culinary Centers. She teaches classes for Christmas, Easter, picnics, tailgates, bridal shower luncheons, brunch, and other kinds of entertaining. She attended Le Cordon Bleu and has been a spokesperson Turning Leaf Vineyards, Lipton Recipe Secrets, Pepperidge Farms, and Cabot Creamery, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. She is the author of several cookbooks, and lives in San Diego, California.