Alvin Go

Alvin Go

Manager at Cortina

Early on Alvin got a degree in chemistry and worked for several years in a research lab before changing course at culinary school in Chicago. He staged in one of the best kitchens in the city and cooked for four years before moving to Seattle. After working for Bon Appetit at both Seattle University and Amazon he ended up running one of the cafes. Missing restaurant kitchens, he found an opportunity at ESR as the chef at Mkt. in Tangletown before becoming the manager at Cortina. 

Hometown

Rosemead, California. Our claim to fame: Sriracha. The original factory was a mile from my house.

First Restaurant Job

Lula Cafe, Chicago. Single-handedly the best work experience I've had and one of the best restaurants in the city. If you're in Chicago, check it out. It will not disappoint (get a pasta ya-ya).

Last Restaurant Job

That I care to admit…Chef de Cuisine for Bon Appetit at Amazon.

Alternate Universe Career

Funny thing, this was my secret dream job. If I had to pick another, a carpenter, a drummer and/or a DJ...none of which I currently can do.

Favorite Late Night Snack

In the kitchen: definitely croutons.
At home: Filipino dried mango.

Best Meal Ever

Valentine's Day 2007. Had plans to get out of Chicago with my then-girlfriend. A huge snowstorm buries the city and we can't get out of town. Called a friend who was the chef at a downtown to see if he could fit us in that night.
"No problem."
Came in with a case of beer (PBR of course) as a thank you. Got sat and looked over the menu for a few minutes before our server came over.
"Let me know if there's anything you see that interests you. But, Chef John is just going to start sending you out some food"
What proceeded were three hours of culinary debauchery the likes of which had not been seen or since. I would list the dishes we had, but they have faded into a haze of tastes and sights and smells and lots and lots of wine.
Needless to say, my friend and his crew got a little drunk (well, at least a little buzzed. It was just PBR) and I ended up getting married to that girl. Coincidence? I think not.

After Work Hangout

My couch.

Secret Ingredient

Care...and lemon juice.

Favorite Seattle Restaurants

Before: Revel, Walrus and the Carpenter, Delancey's, Red Mill Burgers.
Now that I live in Northgate: Kukai Ramen, Toyoda Sushi, Five Guys.

Food Philosophy

Let the ingredients decide what they want to be. Don't decide a dish ahead of time and then force it. See what you have and let it inform and inspire the dish.

Restaurant Pet Peeve

Ordering one dish at a time. Come on. You know you wanted that steak when you sat down. Why wait until you've had three other courses to go ahead and order it?

Memorable Kitchen Disaster

When I was a young(er) cook, I used to wish the power would go out on particularly hot, crushing weekend nights so service would end and I could leave. One day it did. Worst. Night. Ever. Not only did we still cook in the dark (probably illegally), without the hood exhaust we nearly suffocated in a fog of smoke and fumes. Then we spend two hours putting everything on ice. Ended up leaving there later then I normally would.

Can't Live Without

My wife.

What's On The DVR?

It's fall…football.

What's On The Nightstand?

Just My Type by Simon Garfield, various chicken/gardening/home improvement books, my, iPhone, an iPad, two iChargers, five chapsticks, two glasses of old water (days/weeks), receipts, and a couple of legal pads.

What's On The iPod?

Mashups by Isosine. Check them out.

Favorite Movie Quote

"Hold on to your butts" and "That'll do pig."

What Have You Learned?

Every person you meet knows more about something than you do. And, every person you meet is as scared shitless as you are.

Meet The Crew

  1. Ethan Stowell

    Ethan Stowell

    CEO & Founder

  2. Steve Hooper

    Steve Hooper

    President

  1. Sennen David

    Sennen David

    VP Marketing & Culture, Beverage Director

  2. Branden Karow

    Branden Karow

    VP Restaurant Operations

  3. Michael Pagana

    Michael Pagana

    VP Development

  4. Val Dixon

    Val Dixon

    VP Finance / CFO

  5. Sandy Smith

    Sandy Smith

    VP Administration

  6. Addam Buzzalini

    Addam Buzzalini

    Executive Chef

  7. Heather Poncet

    Heather Poncet

    Service Director

  8. Gary Silver

    Gary Silver

    Operations Director

  9. Mitch Wittenberg

    Mitch Wittenberg

    Systems Director

  10. Scarlet Keiser

    Scarlet Keiser

    Executive Assistant

  11. Phia McDonnell

    Phia McDonnell

    Events & Catering Manager

  12. Rachel Farley

    Rachel Farley

    Corporate Catering Director

  13. Alcena Plum

    Alcena Plum

    Manager

  14. Ally Reardon

    Ally Reardon

    Manager

  15. Alvin Go

    Alvin Go

    Manager

  16. Ashley Kim

    Ashley Kim

    Manager

  17. Bernadette Biela

    Bernadette Biela

    Operations Chef

  18. Caleb Floyd

    Caleb Floyd

    Manager

  19. Canara Rim

    Canara Rim

    Manager

  20. Christian Padilla

    Christian Padilla

    Sous Chef

  21. Cody Bellflower

    Cody Bellflower

    Chef

  22. Colt Lippincott

    Colt Lippincott

    Sous Chef

  23. Dionne Himmelfarb

    Dionne Himmelfarb

    Pastry Chef

  24. David Kim

    David Kim

    General Manager

  25. Donald Adams

    Donald Adams

    Chef

  26. Evan DeCarufel

    Evan DeCarufel

    Sous Chef

  27. Gabriel Hodges

    Gabriel Hodges

    Manager

  28. Jace Jorgensen

    Jace Jorgensen

    Chef

  29. Jeff DeWitt

    Jeff DeWitt

    Sous Chef

  30. Jessica Rudell

    Jessica Rudell

    Chef

  31. Joe Bee

    Joe Bee

    Manager

  32. John Lundahl

    John Lundahl

    Chef

  33. John Stone

    John Stone

    Sous Chef

  34. Jordan Moore

    Jordan Moore

    Sous Chef

  35. Kelsey Cline

    Kelsey Cline

    Sous Chef

  36. Kris Kalinczok

    Kris Kalinczok

    Chef

  37. Lacey Glatz

    Lacey Glatz

    Cafe Supervisor

  38. Marshall Nall

    Marshall Nall

    Pasta Wrangler

  39. Matthew Boudousquie

    Matthew Boudousquie

    Bar Manager

  40. Meg Posey

    Meg Posey

    Manager/Wine Director

  41. Michael Genardini

    Michael Genardini

    Chef

  42. Michael Gifford

    Michael Gifford

    Chef

  43. Nathan Witt

    Nathan Witt

    Sous Chef

  44. Nicole Matson

    Nicole Matson

    Chef

  45. Noah Zavatsky

    Noah Zavatsky

    Sous Chef

  46. Ricky Wyman

    Ricky Wyman

    General Manager

  47. Ross Crifasi

    Ross Crifasi

    Manager

  48. Roger Harper

    Roger Harper

    Chef

  49. Sara Peterson

    Sara Peterson

    Manager

  50. Sadie White

    Sadie White

    Chef

  51. Scott Siff

    Scott Siff

    Chef

  52. Steve Norkevicus

    Steve Norkevicus

    Sous Chef

  53. Taylor Johnson

    Taylor Johnson

    Chef

  54. Taylor Pagano

    Taylor Pagano

    Chef

  55. Thomas O'Donnell

    Thomas O'Donnell

    Sous Chef

  56. Travis Holder

    Travis Holder

    Sous Chef

  57. Tosh Warnack

    Tosh Warnack

    Sous Chef

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