About Beth

Beth Vlasich Pav is the creator and owner of Cooking by Design Culinary Studio—located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. In this idyllic setting, Beth is a culinary educator, chef and author of numerous articles, recipes and an upcoming cookbook.  Prior to her culinary career, she was a television and industrial video writer/producer.  In her own words she says, “…so similar is a producer to a culinarian; both use a visual “tool” to create a story…”

Beth is a natural host and mentor. Her love for entertaining and her approachable teaching style create warm, intimate cooking classes in which students can relax and have fun as they prepare simple yet deliciously elegant dishes

As chef, Beth’s flair for combining color, texture, aroma and flavor make each of her creations a work of art. As educator, she uses her natural energy, wit and compassion to make the art of preparing beautiful and tasty meals accessible to everyone in her classes.


Cooking by Design was awarded Best Service/Caterer by the Lake Travis View: Lake and Country Living 2005. Beth’s food articles and recipes have been published in print media and on the World Wide Web.

She is a guest chef and speaker for regional news programs, wineries and fundraising and philanthropic events. Beth has taught at advocational cooking schools across the United States; notably Lake Austin Spa & Resort, William Sonoma, Sur La Table and Central Market. In addition, she has been a guest conference speaker for the International Association of Culinary Professionals. She is currently Co-President of Les Dames d’ Escoffier’s Austin Chapter.


Beth is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Lake Travis Chamber of Commerce,  Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and Les Dames d’ Escoffier. She is also a certified Jazzercise instructor.

Credentials and Notables

image  Zuki Moon Noodles – Washington, DC
image  Jeffrey’s Restaurant and Bar – Austin, TX

image  L’ Academie de Cuisine, Bethesda, MD
image  Culinary Institute of America/Greystone – St. Helena, CA
image  Tante Marie’s – San Francisco, CA        
image  Texas Christian University ’90 – BS Radio/TV/Film Minor – Journalism

image  Weekend Stint @ Chez Panisse – Berkley, CA
image  Ted Allen
image  José Andrés
image  Roland Mesnier
image  Sarah Molten
image  Marcus Samuelsson
image  JoAnne Weir
image  David Garrido