Meet    THE TEAM

Eat Seattle, based in Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market, offers chef guided food tours; highlighting the best local artisans, telling their stories and uncovering this special community.

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, tasting and learning about seasonal food and the vendors of Pike Place Market. Our chefs inspire and entertain as you explore the market and nibble on freshly prepared snacks along the way.


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.

Eric Olinsky

Chef Eric grew up with frequent family trips to Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia. His love of public markets was established from an early age and he found his calling leading food tours around Eastern Market and other historic neighborhoods in Washington, DC. Eric moved to Seattle and quickly learned the local history while leading Bill Spiedel’s Underground Tour and immersing himself in Pike Place Market with the guidance of Liz and the Eat Seattle chefs. He honed his culinary experience at several downtown restaurants, including pastry responsibilities at The Pink Door, Sabine and the Purple Cafe and Wine Bar. Eric embraces his market guide experience and the relationships with local artisans he’s cultivated as a member of the Eat Seattle team to enhance his cooking classes and all his culinary pursuits. Eric also heads up the South Lake Union Street Food Tour which launched in May 2022.

Chef Ricky Costello Eat Seattle

Ricky Costello, a Seattle native, is a multi-talented individual with a diverse background in the culinary and hospitality industry. With over a decade of experience as a Chef specializing in Italian Cuisine and Pizza, Ricky’s passion for food and creativity shines through in their work. When they’re not behind the bar or acting as a tour guide, Ricky enjoys DJing, cooking and expanding their knowledge of beer and alcohol. In addition to his culinary expertise, Ricky is dedicated to helping others achieve their goals in the restaurant and bar industry. Whether it’s providing consultation services or hands-on assistance, Ricky is always ready to lend a helping hand. Currently, they serve as a bartender at King Leroy in South Lake Union, where they previously worked as a chef.

Ricky’s unique blend of skills and experience make them a valuable asset to any business or project in need of their expertise. Ricky is also currently working towards becoming certified as a Professional andLife coach so they can further assist others in their goals within the hospitality industry!


Chef Sean grew up around his family’s pizza business and from there his passion for food evolved into a profession in it. In the off season when Sean isn’t guiding tours, he is working in the kitchens of a nearby ski resort “on the hill”, as he likes to put it. He’s done it all from managing restaurants to rolling up his sleeves in the kitchen and now he hosts his groups in Pike Place Market to tell them about our amazing food scene.

Jessica Baker

Jessica grew up in Orlando, Florida, where her parents both cooked, canned, and preserved from their own backyard garden, inspiring her and her brother to become chefs. She attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu while working at Big Wheel Provisions, 16-time winner of Best of Orlando that was featured on Food Network’s Eat Street. After working in pastry at Storyville Coffee and managing Pike Place Market high stall Chukar Cherries for years, she is now sharing the Market as well as her culinary knowledge with guests on our tours. Having served as a member of the Pike Place Market Constituency, as a volunteer and on the vendor committee for the Pike Place Market Foundation, featured in Market Christmas commercials for 2 years, and being interviewed by the Governor, U.S. State Department, KING5, KIRO7, and multiple times by the Seattle Times, she’s uniquely placed as a knowledgeable member of the Market community to lead tours focused on showcasing that community and the incredible food they create daily.


Originally planning to enter the world of politics, Jonathan first took an interest in food when his family would have paella parties cooked by Seattle chef James Kuhn. Fast forward to 2019, He had taken over Jim’s catering company “The Paella King”, cooking for private parties all over the northwest. Jonathan loves to engage with his tour guests, and learn about what foods they love..


Chef Sylas always knew he wanted to cook professionally whether it became his chosen career path or not. Now, after spending a significant amount of time in Seattle kitchens, like the Goldfinch at the Four Seasons, he has a greater appreciation for the unique community and the quality food available at Pike Place Market.  Sylas loves sharing the stories of owner operated business in Pike Place and inspire Eat Seattle guests in their own home kitchens.

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