Michael Pagana

Michael Pagana

Vice President of Development

Michael has an Associate of Science degree in culinary arts from Seattle Culinary Academy as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality from Johnston & Whales University. He is a Court of Master Certified Sommelier and currently is the ESR Vice President of Development.

Homeland

New Jersey

First Restaurant Job

Dishwasher at the Melting Pot in Longwood, Florida

Last Restaurant Job

Director of Foodservice Operations at Airbnb global headquarters in San Francisco, California

Best Meal Ever

Everything is better when shared with friends, family, and loved ones. I have been blessed with the opportunity to have many of these experiences. Catching crabs on the docks in Maryland with my father as a young boy, my mother teaching me to roast a leg of lamb as her french grandmother taught her, large family dinners every Christmas eve compliments of Aunt Marian, and now any chance I get to cook with my wife who is one of the best chefs I know.

After Work Hangout

Bar Sue…go see Curtis

Food Philosophy

Like many of the Italian chefs I have worked with over the years I believe the key to food is "getting the best ingredients available and trying not to F*** them up".

Restaurant Pet Peeve

When staff is too cool to bother with giving great service to everyone.

What do you love about Seattle?

Everything!! I have lived all over the country and Seattle is by far the best city in the country to live. Great food, restaurants, arts, nature, friendly accepting people, very walkable, and when the sun does come out we appreciate it so much more.

Favorite Place In The World

San Sebastian, the jewel of northern Spain. Some of the best food in the world with an amazing beach and gorgeous old town. There are plenty of amazing high end restaurants there, but for me jumping from bar-to-bar eating pintxos and drinking txakoli sounds like a dream retirement.

Can't Live Without

My loving and supportive wife Irene.

What Have You Learned?

I have learned that learning is never finished. Also I subscribe to the idea that we learn the most when we are uncomfortable…so get out there and do something that makes you uncomfortable!

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. Scarlet Keiser

    Scarlet Keiser

    Executive Assistant

  10. Phia McDonnell

    Phia McDonnell

    Events & Catering Manager

  11. Alcena Plum

    Alcena Plum

    Manager

  12. Ally Reardon

    Ally Reardon

    Manager

  13. Alvin Go

    Alvin Go

    Assistant General Manager

  14. Ashley Kim

    Ashley Kim

    Manager

  15. Bernadette Biela

    Bernadette Biela

    Manager

  16. Caleb Floyd

    Caleb Floyd

    Manager

  17. Canara Rim

    Canara Rim

    Manager

  18. Christian Padilla

    Christian Padilla

    Sous Chef

  19. Cody Bellflower

    Cody Bellflower

    Chef

  20. Cody Samuels

    Cody Samuels

    Manager

  21. Colt Lippincott

    Colt Lippincott

    Sous Chef

  22. Daniel King

    Daniel King

    Sous Chef

  23. Dionne Himmelfarb

    Dionne Himmelfarb

    Pastry Chef

  24. David Kim

    David Kim

    General Manager

  25. Dominic Diodata

    Dominic Diodata

    Sous Chef

  26. Donald Adams

    Donald Adams

    Chef

  27. Elliot Kitzelman

    Elliot Kitzelman

    Sous Chef

  28. Evan DeCarufel

    Evan DeCarufel

    Sous Chef

  29. Gabriel Hodges

    Gabriel Hodges

    Manager

  30. Ivan Pautov

    Ivan Pautov

    Manager

  31. Jace Jorgensen

    Jace Jorgensen

    Chef

  32. James Sebenoler

    James Sebenoler

    Sous Chef

  33. Jessica Rudell

    Jessica Rudell

    Chef

  34. Joe Bee

    Joe Bee

    Manager

  35. John Lundahl

    John Lundahl

    Sous Chef

  36. John Stone

    John Stone

    Sous Chef

  37. Jordan Moore

    Jordan Moore

    Sous Chef

  38. Jordan Richendrfer

    Jordan Richendrfer

    Sous Chef

  39. Justin Kim

    Justin Kim

    Sous Chef

  40. Kelsey Cline

    Kelsey Cline

    Sous Chef

  41. Kris Kalinczok

    Kris Kalinczok

    Corporate Catering Director

  42. Kyle Fong

    Kyle Fong

    Sous Chef

  43. Lacey Glatz

    Lacey Glatz

    Cafe Supervisor

  44. Marshall Nall

    Marshall Nall

    Pasta Wrangler

  45. Meg Posey

    Meg Posey

    Manager/Wine Director

  46. Melanie Steehler

    Melanie Steehler

    Sous Chef

  47. Michael Crossman

    Michael Crossman

    Manager

  48. Michael Genardini

    Michael Genardini

    Sous Chef

  49. Michael Gifford

    Michael Gifford

    Chef

  50. Nathan Witt

    Nathan Witt

    Sous Chef

  51. Nicole Matson

    Nicole Matson

    Chef

  52. Patrick Devine

    Patrick Devine

    General Manager

  53. Ricky Wyman

    Ricky Wyman

    General Manager

  54. Roger Harper

    Roger Harper

    Chef

  55. Ross Crifasi

    Ross Crifasi

    Manager

  56. Sara Peterson

    Sara Peterson

    Manager

  57. Sadie White

    Sadie White

    Chef

  58. Scott Siff

    Scott Siff

    Chef

  59. Sean Ellick

    Sean Ellick

    Manager

  60. Steve Norkevicus

    Steve Norkevicus

    Sous Chef

  61. Taylor Johnson

    Taylor Johnson

    Chef

  62. Taylor Pagano

    Taylor Pagano

    Chef

  63. Thomas O'Donnell

    Thomas O'Donnell

    Sous Chef

  64. Tony Ferrati

    Tony Ferrati

    Bar Manager

  65. Tosh Warnack

    Tosh Warnack

    Sous Chef

  66. Virginia Son

    Virginia Son

    Sous Chef

  67. Will Richey

    Will Richey

    Manager

  68. Aras Dailide

    Aras Dailide

    Chef

  69. Brandon Marie

    Brandon Marie

    Chef

  70. Thomas Cullen

    Thomas Cullen

    Chef

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