Sheri Castle is the host of The Key Ingredient, an Emmy-winning cooking show
from PBS North Carolina that airs on PBS stations across the country, via
streaming, and online through and Sheri is also an
award-winning professional food writer, recipe developer, and cooking teacher
known for melding stories, humor, and culinary expertise. One journalist
observed, “Sheri Castle is one of the most brilliant recipe developers I
know, a terrific writer, and her cooking classes are equal parts crucial info
and laugh-until-you-drop trenchant observation.” Sheri is known for applying
classic culinary techniques to Southern ingredients to create dishes with
contemporary appeal.

She is the author of a tall stack of cookbooks, has written hundreds of
magazine articles, and is a Contributing Editor for Southern Living.  The
Southern Foodways Alliance named her one of 20 Living Legends of Southern
Food, calling her The Storyteller. Sheri believes that culinary traditions and
family recipes tell stories about our identities, lives, homes, families,
communities, and sense of place. Sheri believes that those of us who
appreciate history, traditions, and memorable meals know better. We understand
that our foodways provide us opportunities for creativity, personal
expression, immediate and long-term enjoyment, and something heartfelt to
share with friends and family.

Sheri grew up in Watauga County, North Carolina in her beloved Blue Ridge
Mountains and now lives in Chatham County, North Carolina. She says she’s
fueled by farmers markets, well-told stories, and a bracing swig of either
buttermilk or bourbon, depending on how the day is going. Keep tabs on her