On today’s THE FOOD SEEN, a titan of the NW, Seattle chef Tom Douglas, brings his repertoire of restaurants, and over three decades of restaurateur-ing to the studio, which have earned such accolades as James Beard Foundation Award Best Chef in 1994 and Outstanding Restauranteur in 2012. Over a dozen restaurants; Lola, Palace Kitchen, Dahlia Lounge, Dahlia Bakery, Etta’s, Serious Pie Downtown & Serious Pie Westlake, Seatown, Brave Horse Tavern, Cuoco, Serious Biscuit, Ting Momo … range from seafood to Northern Italian to a Tibetan dumpling food truck. If that’s not enough, in 2005 Tom even bought the farm! … Prosser Farm that is. His cookbooks have also garnered him praise, Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen won the JBFA Best American Cookbook in 2001. He’s also written Tom’s Big Dinners, I Love Crabcakes, and the soon to be released Dahlia Bakery. With all this, I have to admit I’m honored and in awe to have him on as a guest, since I owe my first radio appearance to Tom, as a guest on his Seattle Kitchen show, 97.3 KIRO FM all the way back in 2006. Thanks Tom! This episode has been sponsored by Whole Foods.

“I’m a worker bee; I like to work… I have no other explanation for it. No one else in my family cooks, except for meatloaf or spaghetti and meatballs. All of my breaks came because I’m a hard worker.” [10:00]

“You can be the best cook in the world, but if people don’t walk through the front door, you’re screwed.” [12:30]

Tom Douglas on THE FOOD SEEN