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Paul Mason

Connect: Facebook Instagram Twitter Visit Website Paul Mason studied philosophy at the University of Illinois and was a student there when he got his first real kitchen job working in a local restaurant and brewery. After college, he “wanted to continue down the culinary path,” so he moved to Chicago with the intention of working …

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Ari Sampath

Connect: Facebook Instagram Twitter Visit Website It was her love for eating that got Aarthi Sampath interested in cooking. As a child, she would steal goodies from her mother’s larder, often getting caught in the act. “Getting grounded for my mischief got me into reading, particularly old cook books that helped me experiment,” recalls Sampath, …

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Josh Lorenzen

Connect: Facebook Instagram Visit Website Lorenzen previously worked at Mizuna in downtown Spokane. Most recently, he was sous chef at Bijou Cafe in Portland.  The concept for Rüt’s vegan menu was inspired by seasonal foods of the Northwest and a “commitment to environmental and individual well-being.” The menu features what Lorenzen describes as “healthy, comfort …

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Felipe Hernandez

Connect: Facebook Visit Website The year was 1990, and quite frankly, Felipe Hernandez needed a job.“Everyone had always loved our family’s tamales, and I decided, why not open a restaurant that features tamales. I’d get to do something I love, and hopefully, we’d have enough customers to make a living,” he stated. Felipe learned the …

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Brandon Rosen

Connect: Instagram Twitter Visit Website Brandon grew up the youngest of four boys near Detroit working in a family-owned and operated chocolate confectionery business. He tempered fine chocolate, ran the register and cooked caramel for hours alongside his family.  As his folks came on hard times, he moved – A lot. At age 14 he …

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Tu David Phu

Connect: Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Envelope Visit Website Chef Tu David Phu is a first generation Vietnamese-American with a rich culinary background. An alumni of highly regarded kitchens (such as: Daniel, Acquerello and Chez Panisse) his cooking reflected a wide range of cooking cultures – from the American culinary greats to classical European traditions. But …

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Brian Duffy

Connect: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest Visit Website Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Chef Brian Duffy had his first experiences in the kitchen as a young child with his big Irish-Italian Family. Those experiences introduced him to culinary life and led him to study at Philadelphia’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Culinary school …

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Tony Brown

Connect: Facebook Instagram Visit Website Chef Tony Brown, creator and mastermind behind Ruins, began his career at Twigs, worked at Luna for a year, and Mizuna for almost eight! In 2012, he opened Stella’s, which he has now merged with Ruins. You can find some of your favorite Stella’s Sandwich favorites at Ruins for lunch. …

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