Saturday, September 29, 2012

Meet the Chefs - Elizabeth Binder

Hometown: Durban, South Africa

Profession: Previously Executive Chef, Bar Bambino, San Francisco, CA

Culinary Education: Christina Martin School of Food and Wine, South Africa

Favorite Simple Winter Recipe: Beet, parsnip, bacon, and apple soup

Lizzie was born and raised in South Africa, but earned her impressive culinary stripes in some of the best kitchens around the globe. With culinary inspirations from her fisherman father and great entertaining grandmothers, she’s ventured from the romantic wilds of Africa, through establishment Europe and foodie Australia, before falling in love with both America and an American and settling in Northern California. Energetic and charismatic, with a true commitment to authentic fresh food, Lizzie has spent time at Jardiniere in San Francisco, The French Laundry in Napa, and Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Most recently the Executive Chef of the acclaimed Italian-inspired Bar Bambino in San Francisco, Lizzie is presently on the hunt for her next adventure. She currently resides in Napa with her chef husband and two kids, Ben, who at age 6 has a studied seasoning hand, and Zaidie, a pasta-making princess at age 3.

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