Taste of the Town

Taste of the Town: Phil Bussey, President and CEO of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce

Pedestrians crossing near a Top Pot doughnut shop, consider yourselves warned.

By Clancey Denis February 23, 2011

Chamber of Commerce prez Phil Bussey has a serious sweet tooth.

As president and CEO of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Phil Bussey knows a thing or two about the city—he has to, it’s his job.

While Bussey’s not from the area (he grew up in Porterville, a small farming community in central California), he’s called Washington home for over 30 years. During those 30 years, he’s immersed himself in local business, eventually becoming a Senior Vice President at Puget Sound Energy. In 2009 he took over at the Chamber of Commerce, and since then he’s been working tirelessly to help ensure that local businesses have the means to thrive.

When he takes a break to grab a bite, here are some of his favorite local treats:

Vita, Stumptown, or Starbucks?
This will probably get me run out of Seattle, but I don’t drink coffee! I do frequent Starbucks as a meeting place and to grab a great hot chocolate.

Eat to live, or live to eat?
My waistline will validate that I live to eat.

Favorite way to burn calories?
Water-skiing or working out at the gym.

Where do you take-out of-town guests to eat?
Wild Ginger.

Do you use recipes or wing it?
I wing recipes—I love taking a recipe and experimenting and toying with it.

What is your guilty food pleasure?
I have to close my eyes when I drive by Top Pot or I’m a goner.

Dessert or appetizer?
Dessert. My resolve always weakens as the dinner progresses.

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