Before becoming a chef, Robin was an artist. While pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at the University of Michigan, she took a job in the catering department. Although this was only intended to be a summer job, it quickly became clear she had a passion for food. Since then, Robin has made her way across the world cooking in restaurants as well as teaching her passion for food. She eventually settled in Seattle where she owned and operated Crave, a popular bistro serving up comfort food on Capitol Hill. In 2009 she had a life changing experience to be a cheftestant on season 6 of Top Chef, where she finished in 5th place. After her experience on Top Chef Leventhal stayed active in the Seattle food scene until she decided to join the team at the Wine Country Culinary Institute, where she traded in 1-5 traffic for rolling hills, and lush vineyards. This new venture gives Robin the opportunity to connect the dots both professionally and personally with food, art, and life’s adventures. The classroom setting is the ideal context to share these passions and to engage students in their own culinary journey.