Duskie Estes began cooking at the age of five in her EZ-Bake oven. She is a graduate of Brown University. Duskie & her husband John Stewart are chef owners of Zazu kitchen + farm and Black pig Meat Co. During her two year tenure as chef of Palace Kitchen in Seattle, she was voted City Search’s Seattle Best Chef in 2000. Under her leadership, Palace Kitchen was rated by Gourmet magazine as one of the top five Seattle restaurants in 2000 and in the nation’s top 50 restaurants in 2001. She was coauthor on Tom Douglas’s Seattle Kitchen, which received the James Beard Award in 2001. Duskie & John were on the cover of Wine Spectator, received the Star Chefs’ Sustainability Award in 2009, and were crowned King & Queen of Pork at Aspen Food&Wine, 2011. Duskie is known for being a fierce competitor on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, seasons 3 & 5. She currently judges on Guy’s Grocery Games.
The zazu kitchen is inspired by a real sense of place, farming in 3 locations in Sonoma County, and raising their own rabbits, ducks, chickens, goats, sheep, and pigs. Zazu believes in supporting small farmers, diversity of agriculture, pasture living for animals, and respecting the life given by using all parts “snout to tail”. John & Duskie also make award winning bacon & cured meats, bacon candies, lard lip balm and soap under Black Pig Meat Co.