Charles Drabkin is a native of McMinnville, Ore., the heart of the Oregon Wine Country, where the relationship between food and people was instilled in him at an early age. After working his way around the Seattle restaurant scene, Charles taught Culinary School at Edmonds College for 13 years, before moving to the desert. He is a gourmand, gastronomist, restaurant lover and sometimes a bit of a glutton. You may have seen Charles directing people at the Certified Farmers' Market in 2020, or working with the volunteers at Cinema Diverse. He lives with his husband, their dog and their African grey parrot in Palm Springs. See what Charles is cooking and eating on his Instagram @Chefthunder.