Bryce Leggett was born in Seattle in 1987 to Ame and Rocky Leggett. He is the third of four siblings. The entire family moved to Wallowa in 1990 when mom, Ame, got a job with Coleman and Chrisman Insurance and dad, Rocky, got a job as custodian at Wallowa Valley Memorial Hospital.
Bryce attended school in Wallowa, and graduated in 2006. He pursued a passion for cooking by attending the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts at Western Culinary Institute in Portland where he became a pastry chef.
After graduation, he returned to Wallowa County and worked at a variety of places — Cloud 9 Bakery, Mad Mary’s and the Methodist Church Camp — before settling in as the head chef for Community Connection making senior meals.
“I enjoy it,” he said. “This is a great position to have.”
Bryce enjoys walks with his dog, Sirius, working puzzles, fishing and — most of all— acting. He has appeared in more than a dozen plays with MidValley Theatre Co.
“When we moved to the county, we went and saw a play and my family got hooked,” he said.
His brothers, mother and father are all part of the group.
Q. Why live in Wallowa County?
A. I say that the big reason for me to stay is that I haven’t had a job that would support me elsewhere — but maybe I’m just more comfortable being close to home. I don’t really care for the city. Wallowa County is what I know, and a slower pace is easy. I like the mountains. I can pretty much find what I need here.
Q. What has Wallowa County taught you?
A. Maybe that I’m an easy going, slow going person — maybe that’s just who I am. I prefer it that way. Wallowa County is an easy going place and you can take your time to decide what you’re going to do or how to handle things.
Q. Can you recall a book you read when you were a child that really impressed you? And can you recommend a book you’ve read recently?
A. One series of books I really enjoyed was “The Magic Tree House” by Mary Pope Osborne. The kids in the story went into a magic tree house and started reading a book and became part of the story. I enjoyed the second-hand adventure. As a kid I would think “Oh, That Would be Fun to do That!” (The books were a series of 55 stories beginning with 28 books for children 6-9 years and another 27 books for children 7-10 years).
I like Rick Riordan as an author, too. I recently read “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard” by Riordan. It’s a kids-style book, an easy read and fun to do. Disney Publishing Worldwide publishes the fantasy trilogy.