Eliza trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, but loves cooking in “little ol’ Telluride” where she can be the boss. This highly competitive chef hates it when people say they put love into their food and says, “it’s not love -- it’s work.” Eliza defines her cooking as Modern Bistro Cuisine, preparing fresh ingredients simply, with bright flavors prepared with French Classic techniques, and serving them in an intimate atmosphere. Her cuisine is comprised of influences from her extensive travels throughout Europe, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Australia and Southern United States. Eliza began working at 221 South Oak Bistro in 1999 and bought it a year later. She has two published cookbooks, Foreplay: A Book of Appeteasers and Recipes from 221 South Oak Bistro.
The Latest from Eliza
Tom vs. Emeril: Turkeypocalypse
Ep 3: Tom Colicchio and Emeril Lagasse take to the kitchen to lead teams in an epic Thanksgiving battle.
Thanksgiving Challenge - The Dishes
Ep 3: It's Team Tom vs. Team Emeril in the quest for a turkey triumph.
A Blast from Canlis Restuarant's Past
Ep 4: The chefs go back in time as they’re tasked with re-creating an original 1950s menu from one of the best restaurants in the country.
A Shock at the Space Needle
Ep 2: Alums CJ Jacobson, Josie Smith-Malave, and Stefan Richter return to the competition.
'Top Chef: Seattle' Premiere
Ep 1: 21 chefs compete for the chance to move on to Seattle.
Soups and Salads and and Omelets, Oh My! - Rate the Plate
Ep 1: Twenty-one cheftestants get whittled down to 15 by Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Hugh Acheson.
Space Needle Challenge - The Dishes
Ep 2: The chefs cook Seattle's finest for Tom Douglas.