Chef Eric Tanaka
Eric Tanaka's culinary career began in 1988, when he left the University of California, Irvine with two degrees and zero passion for either field. Remembering his passion for food and eating, Eric's mom clipped a help wanted ad for Michael's restaurant in Santa Monica.
Michael's opened the door to Eric's culinary talents. Though he tried to quit after one month and eight broken hollandaise sauces, he stayed on at the urging of Michael's chef. In 1989, Eric opened Michael's New York City restaurants in Gramercy, Chelsea and Tribeca, graduating to chef soon thereafter.
In 1993, Eric moved to Monforte d'Alba, Italy, to do a stage. The move to Giardino da Felicin allowed him to continue learning and experiencing food. The cultural experience in Italy defined Eric's sense of why he loved food, restaurants and, especially, cooking.
Returning to New York in 1994, Eric cooked at the Gotham Bar and Grill, gaining a greater appreciation for the details and aesthetics of food and restaurants. A vacation in sunny Seattle spurred a move to the Pacific Northwest, where Eric found a home at Dahlia Lounge, a Tom Douglas restaurant, in 1995.
Eric continues to enjoy cooking, the intricacies of restaurants and putting his personal touch on delicious food. He was promoted to Executive Chef of Tom Douglas Restaurants in 1999 and currently oversees the staff of five prominent Seattle kitchens.
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