About

Chef Tiffany Layco

Tiffany Layco has been part of the Andaluca family for over six years. In late 2017, she became Andaluca’s Executive Chef after a five year run as Executive Sous Chef. She was most recently the Executive Chef at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond and prior to Andaluca was the Executive Chef at the Alexis Hotel/Library Bistro and Bookstore Bar.

Chef Tiffany describes herself as the “accidental Chef”. Leaving behind her beloved island of Hawaii, where she was born and raised and where her family still lives, she was off to study biology in Seattle in 1994. While in her scholastic pursuit of medicine, a failed attempt at a recipe and a job as a server sparked an interest in cooking that led her into the kitchen. She never left. Trading up for kitchen knives, shed instead pursued her newly discovered passion and earned a culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, Oregon. She travelled along the West Coast working at several exclusive restaurants – including Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in Yountville, CA. In 2008, she returned to Seattle. 

For over 15 years, Tiffany has been influencing the Pacific Northwest food scene. Possessing an affinity for French and Japanese technique and cooking, Chef Tiffany continues to hone her craft. Her style is appreciated for staying true to the ingredients of the Pacific Northwest while also drawing inspiration from the many countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Her canvas is large and allows her creativity to thrive. 

When not overseeing Andaluca Restaurant or the food operations for the Mayflower Park Hotel, Tiffany applies her craft to project that focus on non-profit communities. She enjoys the quiet of home with her wife Angela Lopez (General Manager of Spinasse) and their Lhasa Apso mix Mya. 

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 2015 – Quillisascut Farm School – Rice, WA

AMERICAN LAMB BOARD: Regional Lam Jam CompetitionPacific Northwest

Andaluca Best in Show 2013 (PNW) – travelled to San Luis Obispo for National Competition 

  Andaluca Best in Category 2013

  Andaluca Best in Middle Eastern Cuisine 2014

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD – The Sophia Way – Seattle, WA

CREATIVITY AWARD (Kimpton Nationwide) – Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants, Seattle, WA

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – Bluehour – Portland, OR

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 2000 –  Le Cordon Bleu, Western Culinary Institute –  Portland, OR

Tiffany Layco has been part of the Andaluca family for over six years. In late 2017, she became Andaluca’s Executive Chef after a five year run as Executive Sous Chef. She was most recently the Executive Chef at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond and prior to Andaluca was the Executive Chef at the Alexis Hotel/Library Bistro and Bookstore Bar.

Chef Tiffany describes herself as the “accidental Chef”. Leaving behind her beloved island of Hawaii, where she was born and raised and where her family still lives, she was off to study biology in Seattle in 1994. While in her scholastic pursuit of medicine, a failed attempt at a recipe and a job as a server sparked an interest in cooking that led her into the kitchen. She never left. Trading up for kitchen knives, shed instead pursued her newly discovered passion and earned a culinary degree at Le Cordon Bleu in Portland, Oregon. She travelled along the West Coast working at several exclusive restaurants – including Thomas Keller’s Bouchon in Yountville, CA. In 2008, she returned to Seattle. 

For over 15 years, Tiffany has been influencing the Pacific Northwest food scene. Possessing an affinity for French and Japanese technique and cooking, Chef Tiffany continues to hone her craft. Her style is appreciated for staying true to the ingredients of the Pacific Northwest while also drawing inspiration from the many countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Her canvas is large and allows her creativity to thrive. 

When not overseeing Andaluca Restaurant or the food operations for the Mayflower Park Hotel, Tiffany applies her craft to project that focus on non-profit communities. She enjoys the quiet of home with her wife Angela Lopez (General Manager of Spinasse) and their Lhasa Apso mix Mya. 

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 2015 – Quillisascut Farm School – Rice, WA

AMERICAN LAMB BOARD: Regional Lam Jam CompetitionPacific Northwest

Andaluca Best in Show 2013 (PNW) – travelled to San Luis Obispo for National Competition 

  Andaluca Best in Category 2013

  Andaluca Best in Middle Eastern Cuisine 2014

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD – The Sophia Way – Seattle, WA

CREATIVITY AWARD (Kimpton Nationwide) – Kimpton Hotel & Restaurants, Seattle, WA

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – Bluehour – Portland, OR

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT 2000 –  Le Cordon Bleu, Western Culinary Institute –  Portland, OR


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