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