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Executive Chef Steven Ariel brings a rich collection of culinary experiences to W Seattle’s dining operations and TRACE restaurant and bar. This innovative culinarian has traveled widely and worked within a broad array of cuisines, from Asian and Pacific Rim fusion, to Northern Italian and French.
Born in Honolulu, Steven was raised on the Big Island (Hawaii) on a macadamia nut and coffee farm. His grandparents’ farm included vegetable gardens, pigs and chickens and both experiences offered Steven an education and respect for what the land can provide.
Chef Ariel’s extensive knowledge of the kitchen along with a passion for food and wine pairings comes courtesy of intensive study at the University of Hawaii, the Thai Cooking School in Bangkok, Thailand and completion of the introductory course from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Chef Ariel moved to Seattle in 2006 and began his Seattle career working as Executive Sous Chef at the renowned Canlis restaurant, where he was responsible for all aspects of kitchen operations. From 2009 to 2011, he worked as Sous Chef alongside Chef Holly Smith at Cafe Juanita in yet another highly regarded, James Beard Award winning restaurant, with a focus on the foods of the Northern Italian region of Piedmont. Most recently Chef Ariel held the position of Chef de Cuisine at Chef Thierry Rautureau’s French restaurant, LUC, in Seattle’s Madison Valley neighborhood.
Dinners at TRACE are privy to Chef Ariel’s bounty of knowledge and delighted by his cultivated and deftly sophisticated touch with the local, seasonal and organic products from the Pacific Northwest.