Food Panel Bios

Leslie LaRue has three chickens, is a consultant for Microsoft, and is in search of the perfect macaroon.

When Austin Dienst isn't managing digital marketing for Russell Investments or promoting Pike Place Market as a board member of the Market Foundation, he's trying to keep up with the explosive restaurant scene in Capitol Hill, where he has lived for the past eight years with his wife (Meghan) and cat (Mr. Sandwich).

Sheri Wetherell is co-founder and CEO of, the Recipe, and Cooking and Food News Source.

Hailing from Taiwan and past co-owner of several restaurants, Kuo-Yu Liang is passionate about food & traveling and writes The Hungry Traveler blog.

Grace Doyle is a dedicated home cook who has worked in the Washington wine industry and served as a board member for Slow Food Seattle.

Tomoko Kassandra Yuzawa is a beauty coordinator with a passion for exploring new and authentic dishes.

Kathleen Flinn is a Seattle-based author of several food memoirs, including the just-published Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good: A Memoir of Food and Love From an American Midwest Family. She’s also the source of many-a recipe through her website

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