Rising Star Chef Andrew Wood of Russet - Biography

Philadelphia, PA

December 2012

Rising Star Sustainability Chef Andrew Wood began his culinary journey at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland, followed by a post at Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia. His next step took him to Boston to work under Michael Schlow at Radius, where he met his future wife and pastry chef, Kristin.


The couple soon relocated to Chicago, where Kristin worked on Grant Achatz’s team at Trio and Andrew cooked at Tru. And after having studied in some of America’s top modernist kitchens, the Woods immersed themselves in the opposite side of the culinary spectrum. Moving west, they settled in farm-to-table mecca, Napa Valley, where Andrew worked at Terra under Chef Hiro Sone. The Woods then moved to posts at Quince in San Francisco, solidifying their commitment to sustainability and local sourcing.

Though West Coast cooking had grown to define them, the Woods felt a pull back to the East Coast and family. And Philadelphia was a natural spot to call home with the agricultural bounty of nearby Lancaster County. Before opening Russet, Andrew worked at Maia, James, and Fork. In early 2012, the couple opened BYOB Russet in a restored 1800s townhouse. Sourcing almost exclusively from local farms, practicing whole animal butchery, and preparing to build an apiary in the spring, the Woods are making good food and good stewardship their inseparable mission. For their work, the couple earned the 2013 StarChefs Philadelphia Rising Stars Sustainability Award.