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Roster changes: New chefs cooking at Dirty Oscar’s Annex, Chambers Bay Grill and Green.House

Chefs are on the move – here’s a summary of recent roster changes at restaurants in Tacoma, Gig Harbor and University Place. Read more »


Matt Colony leaves Maxwell’s, Vivian Irish will take over as chef of popular Tacoma restaurant and lounge

Executive Chef Matt Colony’s last day of cooking at Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge was Saturday.

Just in case there is any confusion, Colony emphasizes that Maxwell’s is not closing its doors. After rumors circulated Read more »


Ian Thompson leaves Pacific Grill and heads back to the books. Good luck Ian.

Ian Thompson is heading back to the books. The Executive Chef of the Pacific Grill was in the middle of degree in Hospitality Management when Pacific Grill owner Gordon Naccarato called and asked him to come cook at Pacific Grill.

Thompson is just finishing up his 18-month career at Pacific Grill and will take a few weeks off to travel through Oregon before returning to the South Sound area to work in a lower-stress job while he focuses on his studies. “I plan on taking a kitchen lead position at Fircrest Golf & Country Club. I have never worked in a club kitchen before, I know it will be different than independent restaurants. I anticipate it being low stress enough to allow me to focus on school. I will consider this job as a bridge,” he wrote in an e-mail. Click “more” to read his plans, and to see what’s next for Pacific Grill. Read more »


March of Dimes needs your chef suggestions

The March of Dimes is looking for South Sound chefs to help with its Signature Chefs fundraiser. The celebrity chef dinner is Nov. 19 and chefs are needed to make a single, small dish for about 120 guests. Lesley Pregenzer, the South Puget Sound Division Director for March of Dimes, called me asking for chef suggestions. I scratched out a short list for her, but I’m curious who you think should be on her list. Now is the time to blatantly promote the chef of your choice. Nominate your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or your chef son.

Click “more” to find out what participating chefs must provide.

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