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Hi, I’m Shauna.

I’m a chef and writer living in beautiful

Portland, Oregon.


I came to restaurant cooking accidentally and gave it my whole heart for nearly a decade, working in top kitchens in Boston and Portland. After a while, I began to feel a gnawing disconnect between the values of restaurant culture and the way I actually wanted to eat on a daily basis. In a dual world of butter sauces and boring quinoa bowls, I longed for a place where imagination and technique could rule the salad station, and where ingredients were prized not only for their luxury or rarity, but for their incredible nutritive value.

Secret Language is a home I began to carve out to explore my own creative approach to healthy eating. It’s become an outlet to explore all kinds of connections, and deepen my relationship to the land, source, and story of food.

I see cooking as a form of personal expression, a way of relating to others, and something like a spiritual practice. Pop-ups happen a handful of times a season and are sometimes casual, a la carte experiences, sometimes ticketed events, and sometimes grand collaborations with talented friends. Please check the events page for the latest!

I’m also available selectively for regular or occasional private chef work, catering for small gatherings, special events, and one-on-one instruction. Drop me a line with questions, or to obtain a quote.