Susi Gott Séguret has been intimately involved with food and flavor since, as a toddler she first felt the burn of a radish, just pulled from the soil, still speckled with black earth, and washed it down with a gulp of fresh spring water that flowed out from under a moonshine still. Founder and director of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts held in Asheville, Ithaca, Sonoma and Paris, she also orchestrates the Asheville Wine Experience, the Asheville Truffle Experience and the Appalachian Culinary Experience.
Originally from Madison County, Susi honed her culinary skills in France, where she resided for over 20 years, earning a diploma in Gastronomy and Taste from the Cordon Bleu and the Université de Reims. Her articles, reviews and photos have appeared in numerous publications, and her books include Appalachian Appetite: Recipes from the Heart of America, Child of the Woods: An Appalachian Odyssey ,and Cooking with Truffles: a Chef’s Guide. Passionate about elements of taste and style, and how they extend from our palate into our daily lives, Susi strives to blend food, music, words and images into a tapestry for the senses.
As a fiddler, dancer, singer and songwriter, Susi is also a long-time veteran of Appalachian history, dance and musicianship. A prize-winning fiddler(Fiddler’s Grove 1978, 1985) and songwriter (MerleFest 1996), she toured with Nashville’s Eddie Adcock and Talk of the Town in the mid-’80’s, participating in the Masters of Bluegrass tour, accompanying Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse, Ralph Stanley and Mac Wiseman, with appearances at the Lincoln Center and on multiple TV and radio programs. She was also fiddler and dancer for a series of State Department tours during this time period, spanning West Africa and Central & South America, in conjunction with Mick Moloney, Liz Carroll, Mike Seeger, Robbie O’Connell, the Green Grass Cloggers, and others.
In the late ’80’s she began a 20-year stint with a variety of French artists, touring Europe-wide, composing movie scores, and performing at Paris’ Olympia Theatre. Assistant Director of ETSU’s Old-Time, Country and Bluegrass Music Program in the late ’90’s, and instructor at the Swannanoa Gathering’s Fiddle Week as well as Joyful Noise Music Center and the Junior Appalachian Musicians of Madison County, she has extensively taught bluegrass, old-time and Celtic fiddle styles as well as songwriting, vocal harmonies, string band, clogging, and performance skills.
Currently based once again in her native Madison County, you can learn more about Susi by visiting the following websites: www.schoolofculinaryarts.org, www.appalachianculinary.com, www.ashevilletruffle.com, www.ashevillewineexperience.com.
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