MEET THE COMPANY
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 & 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
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 SEAN WELSH
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.
CHEF SYLAS CARBINE-PANCHOT
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.