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Meet Vivian Irish: The new chef at Maxwell’s Restaurant + Lounge in Tacoma’s St. Helens neighborhood

Vivian Irish is a Tacoma native and 2007 graduate of Tacoma School of the Arts. In April, she was named the new executive chef of Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge. She replaces Matt Colony, who went to work at a pair of restaurants in Poulsbo. Photo by Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer

A few weeks ago, I reported here that executive chef Matt Colony had left Maxwell’s Restaurant & Lounge to run two restaurants in Poulsbo. Taking over the helm of Maxwell’s will be Vivian Irish, a young chef and Tacoma native who got her culinary start at Pacific Grill under the direction of Aaron Valimont, former executive chef, and Pacific Grill owner Gordon Naccarato. Irish also is a graduate of the Tacoma School of the Arts.

Curious about Irish? So was I. Click “more” to read a Q&A with the new executive chef of the popular St. Helens neighborhood upscale eatery. 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 »