About Us

Meet The Chef

Renowned chef, pastry chef, talk show host, designer and founder of The Yellow Carrot, Sari Suzanne Seedorf is an exuberant lover of people, animals, food, art, language, theater, fashion, travel and culture. Known for her superhuman energy, joyful demeanor (and occasional foul mouth), Sari exudes a uniquely refreshing zest for life that will leave a lasting impression upon your soul.

As a self-taught chef with over 20 years of restaurant, catering and design experience, Sari’s adornment for food started at a very young age. Born in Cedar Rapids, IA, Sari helped her grandparents harvest and sell the family’s coveted sweet corn and tomatoes out of the back of her grandfather’s pickup truck. After attending college in Minnesota, Sari moved to Charleston, SC and quickly became one of the most sought out servers in the city. Sari has lived all over the US and Mexico, opening multiple restaurants, cafés and catering companies that would eventually lead her to Durango, where she opened The Yellow Carrot in 2008.

A multi-faceted being of her own classification, Sari is also a talented clarinetist, has won various awards for acting and singing, and fluently speaks and practices several languages including English, Spanish, French and Turkish. When she’s not in the kitchen, Sari can be found entertaining and inspiring guests or enjoying yet another amazing project thinking up something extraordinary with her Yellow Carrot Crew and colleagues.

Chef Sari & The Yellow Carrot

The name Sari is of Hebrew origin meaning princess, lady, or noble. All of us who work with Sari recognize her as just that; the noble princess, bold, brilliant, beautiful, funny and rather eccentric. The Yellow Carrot is more than a restaurant and bakery. It is a place of peace, and upliftment as each sandwich, salad, bowl, cupcake and dessert is a work of art tantalizing one’s senses, invoking infinite possibilities, love, laughter and joy.

Why Carrots? Carrots are a symbol of wellbeing, abundance and health believed to have originated in Afghanistan in the 900’s and secondarily Turkey. Interestingly, the word SARI means yellow in Turkish. Hmmm, another synchronicity? Yellow carrots are notably sweeter than orange, red, or purple carrots. The high prana life force and vital energy of carrots activates and balances the solar plexus chakra, the seat of one’s personal power, warrior energy and the point of transformation. Long used in stews and broths, carrots are now identified as a top 10 superfood stocked full of antioxidants, enhancing vision, supporting bone health, helping initiate projects into action, unblocking creative flow while grounding and allowing artists to express themselves more freely, connecting us all to Mother Earth and teaching us that in order to be fulfilled, we may need to do a bit of digging remembering our roots for substance and support.

Everyone who knows Sari recognizes her warrior energy, bold vision, free flowing creativity, infinite enthusiasm and profound connection with her grandmother, relatives and her roots. All who visit The Yellow Carrot leave transformed by the food, Sari and the atmosphere of peace, love and joy she has curated.