Dina Berray

Culinary and UMAker Lab

Dina has been with UMA since it's inception, helping to create the school's Edible Schoolyard Pathway. She teaches the introduction of the Pathway to the 6th and 9th graders, Culinary electives and UMAker Textile Lab.

Dina graduated from UW-Stout with a B.S. in Home Economics Education and a minor in Child Development. Throughout her career, she has worked in many restaurants across the US including as a personal chef. After moving back home to Minneapolis in 2002, the headlines on obesity and diabetes affecting children in epidemic proportions struck a chord in her and she chose to commit her energy to change the way kids eat. 

Dina is incredibly passionate about eating, creating and encouraging people to eat healthy food. She loves the saying, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach him how to fish and he eats for a lifetime.” Her experience with kids in the kitchen has proven to her that when they participate in the preparation and learn a bit about the food, be it the history, where it came from, or the many ways it can be cooked, they have more of an interest, take ownership and want to like it. It’s not much of a push at that point. Dina gets no greater joy than seeing the light bulb go on for young kids when they realize that vegetables actually can be good. This is where the change begins!

Dina and her husband live in Minneapolis with their three grown daughters nearby. When she is not in the kitchen creating something yummy, you can find her practicing yoga, sewing, walking around the lakes, keeping the beat with some good music or scouting the local farmer’s markets for inspiration.