Chef Liam McDermott
Liam graduated from California Culinary Academy in 2002 with an A.O.S degree with honors, following a B.A. in Literature from Stanford University. He has worked as a chef and baker for many years at Esalen Institute and catered events throughout California each summer. Chef Liam is a passionate gardener and currently working toward a Master’s degree at Gaia University in Integrative EcoSocial Design with a focus upon Farm to Table cuisine and sustainable food systems. Liam lives and works as a healer, chef, and teacher facilitating courses on nutrition, cooking, cleansing and permaculture. He has spent the past 10 winters in various countries in Asia and the Americas studying meditation, yoga, gardening, permaculture, cooking, and developing his own practices.
Jason Ryczek – Executive Chef Farallon Restaurant San Francisco
Having grown up in a little seaside town on the Central Coast of California, Jason is both familiar and fond of all the bounty that local seafood has to offer. Jason is a veteran to the hospitality and restaurant industry. After years of watching the professionalism, humor, and humility of the chefs he worked for, Jason decided to devote his career to the kitchen.
His culinary training began in Southern California in Jason Marcus’ San Diego restaurant Red Pearl Kitchen, soon moving to Los Angeles to continue developing his skills at various brasseries and steakhouses, such as One Sunset, Boa Steakhouse, and Artisan House. His San Francisco culinary career started at Farallon’s sister restaurant Waterbar. In January 2016, Jason became the executive chef of Farallon, a successful Coastal Cuisine restaurant located in the heart of San Francisco. www.farallonrestaurant.com
Chef Bodhi Cole
Bodhi Cole believes that eating well is one of the best things we can do for ourselves and our planet. She is totally committed to using all organic ingredients, and sourcing from the abundance of local farms here in Northern California. Bodhi has been cooking for over 20 years, and loves cooking delicious and nourishing food for the body and spirit.