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chef kristen schumacher
A graduate of Indiana University, the Seattle Culinary Academy, and a proud attendee of the Quillisascut Farm School of the Domestic Arts, Chef Kristen Schumacher (Chef Schu) feels fortunate to live and work in the Pacific Northwest, where she is surrounded by such abundance and inspiration for the food she cooks.
As a restaurateur, farmers market coordinator, cookbook contributor, caterer, cooking instructor, and food product manufacturer, she has been active in many facets of cooking through the years. One of Chef Schu’s passions is being a sustainable food advocate and volunteer. She has offered her time and expertise to various Seattle & Snoqualmie Valley organizations to help promote and educate people about the local food economy and sustainable kitchen practices. She has also taken up farming in her own backyard. Growing food that she can cook with completes the circle of farm to table cuisine.
She has served as a personal chef for local celebrities, a cooking instructor and in-house chef’ at The Pantry in Ballard Washington, as well as a guest instructor at a number of different cooking schools in the area.
Her latest adventure was owner and head chef at the farm-to-table Heirloom Cookshop in downtown Snoqualmie. Anyone who went remembers it as a place to eat delicious food from the ever-changing menu, support the local producers and community, and make wonderful memories. Chef Schu plans to carry on that tradition at Heirloom Cookshop Collective Farm for events and dinners under the stars.
When she's not in the kitchen, you will find Kristen spending time with her two adorable girls, Ryanne and Finley, all of her animals and close friends. She loves exploring the outdoors in any season...skiing, hiking, mountaineering creating art, pouring over creative food blogs and cookbooks, tinkering in the kitchen, preserving the harvest, and drinking very good mezcal.