For Monaghan, food and cooking were always passions, but turning them into a career was a circuitous journey. After some years owning and operating successful design businesses, she received a professional degree from The Institute of Culinary Education (then called Peter Kump’s) in 1991. She created and produced gourmet cookies and scones for several New York City eateries, including Dean & Deluca, published Perfect Picnics for All Seasons and Some Like It Hot, a cookbook inspired by the movie of the same name, and began teaching cooking classes in 1997. Gail now teaches four to six classes a month that are open to the public, in addition to private group classes for birthdays, bachelorette parties, bridal and baby showers, holiday parties and other special events. She also teaches corporate classes, and has taught classes for Gaggenau, Rolex, LVMH, Dior, Bain & Company, LexisNexis, Boston Consulting Group, Morgan Stanley, J.C. Penney, the Paul Kasmin Gallery, the David Nolan Gallery, and various law and architecture firms.