Meet Our Chefs


Chef Ky Loop

Chef Ky Loop

Chef Ky Loop has worked in the food industry since age 13. He graduated from the culinary program at South Seattle Community College in 1997. He excelled in his culinary arts at Palisade (RUI) and has been the Creative Director for A Terrible Beauty (Seattle) where he created a name for his interpretation of “Irish Soul Food”. His passion for food, people and a love of BBQ inspired him to open KJ’s Backyard BBQ in 2011.

A true Northwesterner, Chef Ky loves to forage wild foods and often spends time mushroom hunting, fishing local rivers, or pursuing wild game. He has been featured in jetsettersblog.comReal Food TravelerExaminer.com, and Northwest Travel & Life for his personally guided foraging tours. On these tours, Chef Ky combines his culinary skills with his foraging skills to gather locally sourced ingredients from farm, forest and water and turn those into a chef made meal for the group.

Chef Ky lives & works in the Cascade Foothills and is currently the Executive Chef & Catering Director at Kelly’s Mercantile (1444 Cole St., Enumclaw, WA) where he continues to deliver newly inspired culinary magic through his unique banquet and catering experiences.