Jay Guerrero has been working in food for over 15 years. After completing an MFA at Parsons School of Art in New York, Jay's creative interests moved into the culinary world and he ended up learning to cook under Gabrielle Hamilton, chef-owner of Prune restaurant. After time at Prune and then cooking in the Caribbean for a couple of seasons, Jay moved back to his hometown of Seattle and worked with Renee Erickson as head chef of Boat Street Cafe and Bar Melusine (now Boat Bar). In more recent years Jay has stepped off the line to concentrate on teaching at the Pantry, where he's been an instructor for several years. Teaching gives Jay a chance to share his experience in the kitchen so people can feel more comfortable trying out new flavors or techniques at home. When he's not teaching, Jay is learning about espresso, keeping a sourdough culture alive, and cuddling his dog (and 4 year old).