Ethan Stowell

Ethan Stowell

CEO & Founder

Ethan grew up in Seattle and is self-taught. He was named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs in America in 2008 and has been nominated for more James Beard Awards than he cares to remember. He opened Union in 2003 and hasn't looked back.

Hometown

Born in Germany. Raised on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

First Restaurant Job

Daly's Drive-In (RIP). I was the shake guy and I'm still trying to lose the last five pounds I gained there.

Last Restaurant Job

Ask me in about 30 years, I'm in this for the long haul.

Alternate Universe Career

Baseball player.

Favorite Late Night Snack

Spaghetti with anchovy, chilies, garlic.

Best Meal Ever

Any meal with my sons Adrian & Frank. Gathering around a table is so much more about the people you're with than the food you're eating.

After Work Hangout

My couch

Secret Ingredient

Anchovies, it's a great alternative to salt.

Favorite Seattle Restaurants

Canlis. Jason is a great cook.
Pho Cyclo. I love having a fast and peaceful lunch alone. I probably go twice a week.
Shiro's. My personal opinion is that Shiro is the best chef in Seattle.
Café Campagne. Cassoulet cassoulet cassoulet!
Monsoon. A great Sunday brunch is dim sum, a bottle of Grüner and then a nap.

Food Philosophy

Keep it simple and know that we are all working to make our guests happy.

Restaurant Pet Peeve

No reservation restaurants. We're all in the hospitality industry and not taking reservations is not very hospitable.

What do you love about Seattle?

Seattle's my home town, I've lived here for 35 years. It's been awesome to watch the city grow and evolve. We truly have grown into being a world class city.

Favorite Place In The World

Seattle. It's home and I love it.

Memorable Kitchen Disaster

Nothing big but I do remember in my early years watching a Baked Alaska explode. Nobody was injured but one guy passed out.

Can't Live Without

My family

What's On The DVR?

DVR, what's that?

What's On The Nightstand?

Cookbooks and a baby monitor.

What's On The iPod?

If I told you you'd think I was going through a midlife crisis.

Favorite Movie Quote

Anything from Mel Brooks.

What I've Learned

I have a long way to go.

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. Sara Peterson

    Sara Peterson

    Manager

  48. Ross Crifasi

    Ross Crifasi

    Manager

  49. Roger Harper

    Roger Harper

    Chef

  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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