Greg Patent is an American cookbook author and baker. He also co-hosts a weekly radio show about food on Montana Public Radio, The Food Guys, with Jon Jackson, and has made guest appearances on television and radio programs throughout the United States.
Born in the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong to a Russian father and Iraqi mother, who met and married in Shanghai. His mother and grandmother emigrated to Shanghai from Iraq in 1930, as did many Iraqi Jews. Patent lived in China until he was the age of eleven years.
During World War II, he and his family lived with his grandmother in a one-room apartment. She was a baker who often prepared kosher Middle Eastern food. Soon after the war in 1950, he and his parents had immigrated to the United States, and traveled by ship to San Francisco.
At the age of eighteen, Patent had entered into the Pillsbury Bake-Off and won second prize in the junior division. However, with his parents' aspirations of him becoming an