Becky Selengut thought she wanted to be a doctor but changed course while taking pre-med classes to embark on a field in the culinary arts. She still gets to wear white, hold knives and cut things up (and was spared the huge student loans). After graduating at the top of her class from the Seattle Culinary Academy she put in many years at some of the Seattle area’s most well-known restaurants. Her longest stint was three years at the internationally acclaimed Herbfarm Restaurant working under her mentor, Chef Jerry Traunfeld. Since 2004, her career has moved beyond the traditional restaurant into everything but the restaurant, taking on such diverse jobs as cheffing on a yacht tour of the Inside Passage to teaching cooking to immigrants and refugees and finding them work in the food industry. In 2004, she started her private chef and culinary education business and in January 2006 she founded the educational website SEASONAL CORNUCOPIA.

A prolific writer, Becky’s projects include: The Washington Local and Seasonal CookbookGOOD FISH, and SHROOM. She is co-author of the humor and travel memoir NOT ONE SHRINE: TWO FOOD WRITERS DEVOUR TOKYO, and her newest book HOW TO TASTE is based on classes she teaches at the Pantry. In her free time, she co-hosts a NSFW comedy podcast called LOOK INSIDE THIS BOOK CLUB, volunteers for several charities, forages, makes a mean Manhattan and plays with her mutts Izzy and Pippin. In the future Selengut hopes to clone herself so she can find the time to do more of these fun things other people call ‘work’.