Meet the Team
Eat Seattle, based in Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market, offers food tours, cooking classes and private dinners to highlight Pacific NW ingredients and connect you to the farmers, fishermen and producers that bring the Pacific NW to our tables. Led by founder and Cordon Bleu Paris graduate, Chef Liz Philpot, we are a team of chefs passionate about uniting both travelers and locals alike, cooking, tasting and learning about seasonal food. Our chefs teach, inspire and entertain as you explore the market and nibble on freshly prepared snacks along the way. Our classes and private events are engaging culinary experiences which take place in our kitchen, right in the heart of the market.
Chef & Owner Liz Philpot
Chef Liz, is a classically trained chef from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and has spent the last 15 years perfecting her craft. Just as important to her time spent in the kitchen, is her time spent understanding where ingredients come from in their natural environment. The perfect meal starts outside of the kitchen; from the conditions in which the ingredients are raised and treated to the preparation. Using the freshest, sustainable products is essential to maximizing flavor. Once the ingredients are in her hands she focuses on proper seasoning, temperature and complimentary flavor-profiles to enhance her dishes. Creating delicious food is Liz’s outlet to inspire others by opening up their minds to new possibilities in the kitchen.
Chef Eric Olinsky
Eric’s culinary journey started with family trips to Reading Terminal Market, a short drive on early weekend mornings from his home town in Cherry Hill, NJ. His passion has always been for cooking outdoors. While earning a marketing degree at the University of Maryland, Eric founded and led the Maryland Cultural Grilling Society in exploring open fire cooking traditions from different cultures around the world. In Washington, DC, Eric developed and delivered culinary tours through historic markets and neighborhoods as well as culinary competition events and wine tours in Northern Virginia. In Seattle, Eric is a proud member of the Pacific Northwest BBQ Association circuit and the head chef of the CEO BBQ Team. Eric is a certified mixologist and regular guest bartender for small concerts and events around the city. He is a full time instructor and guide at Eat Seattle but also cooks at Purple Cafe & Wine Bar to keep up his commercial skills.
Chef Kia Farrison
Food has always been a passion of Kia's and she has always had the desire to learn more about it. From an early age Kia was around many different types of cuisines, spices, and flavors which aided in my curiosity around food. She would experiment at home and cook, but as she got older she immersed herself more in the culinary industry. I have worked in various roles in the industry both in front and back of the house which include being a host, server, expeditor, prep cook, line cook, and private chef. I have gained experience through restaurants like Tavern Hall and Miyabi to name a few.
Her love for local food comes from a place of gratitude and celebration. Living here in Seattle, we are surrounded by natural resources and farmers that produce some of the best agricultural products in the world. Walking through the market and seeing all of the fresh produce inspires me to cook with these beautiful ingredients. It is an honor to create a dish that highlights these amazing ingredients, shares a story, and, pays homage to the local producers, farmers, and artisans.