Educator of the Year: John Ash

Don't take him for granted, cause he's culinary royalty

Ash at the recent Cooking for Solutions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

It’s easy to take celebrity educator, chef and Sonoman John Ash for granted. The father of Wine Country cuisine, tireless author and world-traveling culinary teacher and proponent of sustainable seafood (as well as all-around nice guy), Ash garners crowds because he’s a always been a Chef’s Chef, not a schticky TV personality.

Last weekend, Ash was named Educator of the Year at the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking for Solutions, a three-day event featuring more than 90 chefs (including Alton Brown and The Chew’s Carla Hall). BiteClub got a chance to attend Ash’s DIY smoked and cured salmon class, using sustainable Verlasso farmed salmon from Chile and catch up on his latest adventures, which include a recent trip to Japan with SRJC’s Mei Ibach, upcoming classes at Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, a three-day culinary adventure through Sonoma County and an upcoming demonstration on June 1 at the Windsor Farm Market, where he and Ibach will feature street foods of Asia and discuss Ash’s most recent book, Culinary Birds: The ultimate poultry cookbook (a James Beard Award nominee).

So here’s to John, whose always got a place in our heart and at our table. Find out more about John, and see his upcoming schedule at