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, Executive Wine 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. Erik Carlson

    Erik Carlson

    Executive Beverage Director

  8. Heather Poncet

    Heather Poncet

    Service Director

  9. Gary Silver

    Gary Silver

    Operations Director

  10. Bernadette Biela

    Bernadette Biela

    Operations Manager

  11. Kris Kalinczok

    Kris Kalinczok

    Executive Chef

  12. Mary Hamamoto

    Mary Hamamoto

    Regional Manager

  13. Patrick Devine

    Patrick Devine

    Service Director

  14. Phia McDonnell

    Phia McDonnell

    Events & Catering Manager

  15. Ricky Wyman

    Ricky Wyman

    Director of Food Operations

  16. Roger Harper

    Roger Harper

    Executive Chef

  17. Taylor Pagano

    Taylor Pagano

    Executive Chef

  18. Scarlet Keiser

    Scarlet Keiser

    Executive Assistant

  19. Alcena Plum

    Alcena Plum

    Manager

  20. Ally Reardon

    Ally Reardon

    Manager

  21. Amy Born

    Amy Born

    Manager

  22. Ava Haase

    Ava Haase

    Manager

  23. Ashley Fells

    Ashley Fells

    Assistant Manager

  24. Ashley Kim

    Ashley Kim

    Manager

  25. Brian Moore

    Brian Moore

    Manager

  26. Christian Padilla

    Christian Padilla

    Chef

  27. Cody Bellflower

    Cody Bellflower

    Chef

  28. Cora Fuller

    Cora Fuller

    Commissary Manager

  29. Daniel King

    Daniel King

    Sous Chef

  30. Daniel Parik

    Daniel Parik

    Assistant General Manager

  31. Dionne Himmelfarb

    Dionne Himmelfarb

    Pastry Chef

  32. Dominic Diodata

    Dominic Diodata

    Chef

  33. Evan DeCarufel

    Evan DeCarufel

    Chef

  34. Gabriel Hodges

    Gabriel Hodges

    Manager

  35. Ivan Pautov

    Ivan Pautov

    Manager

  36. Jessica Rudell

    Jessica Rudell

    Chef

  37. Jonathan van Vliet

    Jonathan van Vliet

    Manager

  38. Jordan Richendrfer

    Jordan Richendrfer

    Sous Chef

  39. Justin Kim

    Justin Kim

    Sous Chef

  40. Kelsey Cline

    Kelsey Cline

    Sous Chef

  41. Kira Woodworth

    Kira Woodworth

    Assistant Manager

  42. Kyle Fong

    Kyle Fong

    Sous Chef

  43. Lacey Glatz

    Lacey Glatz

    Cafe Supervisor

  44. Liz Murtaugh

    Liz Murtaugh

    Sous Chef

  45. Marshall Nall

    Marshall Nall

    Pasta Wrangler

  46. Max O'Loughlin

    Max O'Loughlin

    Manager

  47. Meg Posey

    Meg Posey

    Manager/Wine Director

  48. Melanie Steehler

    Melanie Steehler

    Sous Chef

  49. Michael Genardini

    Michael Genardini

    Chef

  50. Michael Gifford

    Michael Gifford

    Chef

  51. Nathan Witt

    Nathan Witt

    Sous Chef

  52. Nicholas Capizzi

    Nicholas Capizzi

    Chef

  53. Robin Posey

    Robin Posey

    Chef

  54. Rocco Venuto

    Rocco Venuto

    Sous Chef

  55. Ross Crifasi

    Ross Crifasi

    Manager

  56. Ryan Whelchel

    Ryan Whelchel

    Manager

  57. Scott Siff

    Scott Siff

    Chef

  58. Sean Ellick

    Sean Ellick

    Manager

  59. Seth Alexander

    Seth Alexander

    Sous Chef

  60. Steve Norkevicus

    Steve Norkevicus

    Sous Chef

  61. Tania Siff

    Tania Siff

    Manager

  62. Tariq Rahman

    Tariq Rahman

    Chef

  63. Taylor Johnson

    Taylor Johnson

    Chef

  64. Thomas Cullen

    Thomas Cullen

    Chef

  65. Thomas Kim

    Thomas Kim

    Chef

  66. Thomas O'Donnell

    Thomas O'Donnell

    Sous Chef

  67. Tony Ferrati

    Tony Ferrati

    Bar Manager

  68. Tosh Warnack

    Tosh Warnack

    Sous Chef

  69. Travis Yuh

    Travis Yuh

    Sous Chef

  70. Will Richey

    Will Richey

    Manager

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