Creative cooking at home with chef Ricky Webster

Spokane chef Ricky Webster is a natural at the online-cooking game.
Spokane chef Ricky Webster is a natural at the online-cooking game.

Spokane chef Ricky Webster is bringing tips, recipes and good cheer from his kitchen to yours through a series of lighthearted cooking videos.

The chef and winning cooking show alum has so far shared how to make several on-theme dishes and drinks for your next Tiger King or Ru Paul's Drag Race watch party, with more to come.

"I wanted to feel like I could reach and nurture people in some form, and feel like I was still feeding people and giving them tips and pointers on how to cook with things you already have in your pantry," Webster says.

The chef, who serves as a consultant for food service company Sysco Spokane, is also currently furloughed and trying to make the best of his situation. After posting a few Facebook Live cooking videos to his personal page, Webster says friends and family encouraged him to take his tutorials to the next level, playing to his strengths as a chef and host.

For the Tiger King-themed episode, paying homage to Netflix's viral docuseries about a polygamist tiger breeder-turned-felon in Oklahoma, Webster shared recipes for a tiger-striped snack cake, "PETA" pizzas and a "Cool Cats and Kittens" cocktail.

"Tiger King is taking our attention off all the pain and frustration that we're all feeling," Webster says. "So I was like, 'I'm going to play with that and have fun, too.'"

The chef has also been taking to other platforms, such as TikTok, to share bread-making tips and how to care for a live sourdough starter. A few of his sourdough posts have racked up more than 100,000 views.

Find more of Webster's cooking videos on YouTube here.

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Chey Scott

Chey Scott is the Inlander's food and listings editor. She compiles the weekly events calendar for the print and online editions of the Inlander, manages and edits the food section, and also writes about local arts and culture. Chey (pronounced Shay) is a lifelong Spokanite and a graduate of Washington State University...