Steve Hooper

Steve Hooper

President

Steve is a native of the Pacific Northwest, having grown up in Redmond, and currently residing in Green Lake. He graduated from Colby College and spent his early career in Investment Banking in Seattle and Venture Capital in Boston. After graduating with his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Steve decided to pursue his entrepreneurial passion, founding Kigo Kitchen and leading it as CEO from inception until its merger with ESR in 2019.

HOMETOWN

Born in Long Beach, CA. but moved to Seattle at 6 weeks old, so I call this home.

FIRST RESTAURANT JOB

Rolling and bagging burritos for Boloco in Boston, MA.

LAST RESTAURANT JOB

If all goes well over the next 40 years, this one - I couldn’t imagine loving my job more.

FAVORITE LATE NIGHT SNACK

Leftovers of whatever my wife has most recently cooked up.

RESTAURANT PET PEEVE

Hearing “this plate is REALLY hot” from a server - It always makes me worry it has been sitting under a heat lamp for 20+ minutes.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT SEATTLE?

The fact that our city is so integrated with the outdoors and is thus such an active region.  I love seeing people take advantage of the natural beauty all around us.

FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD

There is a small stretch of coastline on the Northwest corner of the Big Island of Hawaii, called the Kohala Coast - it is my sanctuary.  The food is all local and fresh, you can know the name of your fishmonger and enjoy the best produce on the planet. There is no place like it in the world and I get there as often as life will allow to recharge.

CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT

My family, both immediate and extended.  They are the source of every great thing that has happened in my life.

WHAT'S ON THE DVR?

We’re currently WAAYYY too into Killing Eve.

WHAT'S ON THE NIGHTSTAND?

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou and Measure what Matters by John Doerr

WHAT'S ON THE IPOD?

I’m listening to a LOT of Casper Baby Pants recently, but usually under protest (usually…).

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED?

Everything happens for a reason.  It can be very hard to see what that reason is at the time, but it inevitably reveals itself.  I’ve been following my passions and things that interest me for most of my life. I’ve been incredibly lucky along the way, but I’ve also had great mentors that have guided me along that journey.  I never could have imagined being in the position I hold today, but everything I’ve done has prepared me for what I’m doing now and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

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. 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

    Manager

  24. Ashley Kim

    Ashley Kim

    Manager

  25. Christian Padilla

    Christian Padilla

    Chef

  26. Cody Bellflower

    Cody Bellflower

    Chef

  27. Daniel King

    Daniel King

    Sous Chef

  28. Dionne Himmelfarb

    Dionne Himmelfarb

    Pastry Chef

  29. Dominic Diodata

    Dominic Diodata

    Chef

  30. Evan DeCarufel

    Evan DeCarufel

    Chef

  31. Gabriel Hodges

    Gabriel Hodges

    Manager

  32. Ivan Pautov

    Ivan Pautov

    Manager

  33. Jason Barnett

    Jason Barnett

    Chef

  34. Jessica Rudell

    Jessica Rudell

    Chef

  35. Jonathan van Vliet

    Jonathan van Vliet

    Manager

  36. Jordan Richendrfer

    Jordan Richendrfer

    Sous Chef

  37. Justin Kim

    Justin Kim

    Sous Chef

  38. Kelsey Cline

    Kelsey Cline

    Sous Chef

  39. Kyle Fong

    Kyle Fong

    Sous Chef

  40. Lacey Glatz

    Lacey Glatz

    Cafe Supervisor

  41. Marshall Nall

    Marshall Nall

    Pasta Wrangler

  42. Meg Posey

    Meg Posey

    Manager/Wine Director

  43. Melanie Steehler

    Melanie Steehler

    Sous Chef

  44. Michael Genardini

    Michael Genardini

    Chef

  45. Michael Gifford

    Michael Gifford

    Chef

  46. Nathan Witt

    Nathan Witt

    Sous Chef

  47. Robin Posey

    Robin Posey

    Chef

  48. Rocco Venuto

    Rocco Venuto

    Sous Chef

  49. Ross Crifasi

    Ross Crifasi

    Manager

  50. Ryan Whelchel

    Ryan Whelchel

    Manager

  51. Scott Siff

    Scott Siff

    Chef

  52. Sean Ellick

    Sean Ellick

    Manager

  53. Seth Alexander

    Seth Alexander

    Sous Chef

  54. Steve Norkevicus

    Steve Norkevicus

    Sous Chef

  55. Tania Siff

    Tania Siff

    Manager

  56. Taylor Johnson

    Taylor Johnson

    Chef

  57. Thomas Cullen

    Thomas Cullen

    Chef

  58. Thomas Kim

    Thomas Kim

    Chef

  59. Thomas O'Donnell

    Thomas O'Donnell

    Sous Chef

  60. Tony Ferrati

    Tony Ferrati

    Bar Manager

  61. Tosh Warnack

    Tosh Warnack

    Sous Chef

  62. Travis Yuh

    Travis Yuh

    Sous Chef

  63. Will Richey

    Will Richey

    Manager

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