Elazar Sontag

Elazar got his feet wet cooking at some of Oakland's most loved restaurants (Pizzaiolo, Duende), learned how to pick out the perfect melon while he worked at Riverdog Farm (ask nicely and he might tell), and has dedicated his summers for the last six years to teaching young kids to cook at COOK! summer camp. 

The creator and author of Flavors of Oakland, a local bestselling cookbook which garnered words of praise from Alice Waters, Oakland's mayor, and many other chefs and writers, Elazar enjoys eating and writing his way across Oakland (especially Chinatown) and the rest of the world. He loves to write about food in all its glory and is especially interested in writing about the relationship between cooking, gender, and sexuality. 

Elazar is currently studying at Bard College in the Hudson Valley. His food journalism can be found in such publications as Serious Eats, VICE, NOSH, and Mercury News. 

Photo courtesy of Anya Ku

Photo courtesy of Anya Ku