• Chef, Cantina Leña. A Tom Douglas Restaurant.
• Former Chef at Brave Horse Tavern, Tanaka San
• Alum, Seattle Culinary Academy
Brian began his career with Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen as line cook at Seatown Seabar and Palace Kitchen. He was then promoted as the sous chef/lead bartender at Cantina Leña, before being promoted to become Chef of Cantina Leña.
Brian grew up in Edmonds, Washington, and he says his culinary destiny was sealed when he got his first kitchen job at Kojo Japan in the Alderwood Mall food court. After working a variety of front and back of house positions at other restaurants, he decided on cooking as a career and enrolled in the Seattle Culinary Academy at Seattle Central College.
After finishing school, Brian honed his skills at Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen restaurants. He says that his admiration for Chefs Adrienne Chamberlain and Nate Crave at Seatown Seabar inspired him to pursue his own goal of becoming a chef. Under Chef Dezi Bonow at Palace Kitchen, Brian absorbed Dezi’s flair for combining classic style with modern ideas. But Brian says it was under Chef Walczyk at Cantina Leña that he learned how to lead a team of excellent cooks while creating the most delicious food possible.
Brian still lives in Edmonds with his beautiful wife Crystal and dog, Lola (no relation to the TDR restaurant). In his free time he loves fishing, diving, motorsports, and kumite.
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