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Some people believe that the best chefs are those who have a sense of culture.

If South African food is your jam, Chef Derek is your man!

Some people believe that the best chefs are those who have a sense of culture, and the best way to become cultured is by traveling all over the globe. If this is truly what makes a good chef, you'll find none better than Chef Derek Simcik.

Chef Derek is as cultured as they come, having lived in Greece, Tunisia, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Japan, and Australia all before he was 20 years old. This ever-changing lifestyle gave him the tools he needed to truly become a master of his passion—the culinary arts. He has become so successful, in fact, that Chef Derek was able to open one of Seattle's ten best new restaurants in 2016: Scout PNW at 110 Stewart Street, Seattle.

With a business mindset to back his love for perfecting meals in the kitchen, Chef Derek is truly a one-of-a-kind master in all things related to the preparing, grilling, baking, broiling, and frying of food.

For WildBites, Chef Derek is preparing a dish inspired by the flavors of South Africa. He will be using grilled meats and grains to bring these flavors to life while simultaneously blending some European influences from Portugal and the Netherlands. With his understanding of these native cultures, traditions, and flavors, this is one meal you won't want to miss.

Join Chef Derek along with six other renowned chefs from the Seattle restaurant scene during this exclusive 21+ evening at Woodland Park Zoo. Tickets include the opportunity to try two specialty bites from each chef, plus two drink tickets to be redeemed with your choice of beer, wine, or cocktail, and access to all zoo exhibits. All the animals will be out to join the party, plus ambassador animal encounters for those who want to get up close and personal with residents of the zoo.

General admission tickets are $75 each, while premium tickets are $125 and on sale now. The event will run from 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on September 6, 2019. Premium entry will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Experience the zoo after-hours while experiencing delicious foods from across the globe.

For more information, visit Savor, sip, save wildlife.