Brian grew up on a small horse farm outside of Newberg, OR. He developed a passion for cooking at a young age, preparing meals and desserts with his mother. He began his professional career in 1997 at the Joel Palmer House under the mentorship of James Beard award winning chef, Jack Czarnecki. He spent many years cultivating a knowledge and appreciation of cooking with mushrooms, and all of the fresh, seasonal flavors the Willamette Valley has to offer. Brian has learned a variety of techniques in baking, charcuterie, and butchery. Over the past 4 years, he has been managing the kitchen at the Blue Goat Restaurant, mastering the art of wood-fired cuisine. Brian has also catered extensively for local wineries, weddings, and other special events.
Brian has recently gotten married and is starting a homestead near Amity, OR. His family built their home, and they hope to plant a garden this year to join their chickens and goats. Brian also enjoys running, backpacking, and kayaking.