emily cafazzoclose

is an oregon native and professional chef, with 12 years experience cooking in some of portland and new york’s best kitchens (beast, toro bravo, roberta’s and blanca).

raised in corvallis, emily grew up working closely with her mother kathy at a wholesale plant nursery in nearby albany. It was there at the nursery, and in her family’s home garden that emily came to understand delicious food as a product of quality ingredients.

as an adolescent, her love for travel and dining introduced her to new food cultures and exotic cuisines around the globe, where she fell deeply in love with restaurants and hospitality at a young age.

from western culinary institute graduate (2003) to iron chef america contestant (beast, 2010) - emily’s culinary trajectory has found her leading the kitchens of some of portland’s best chefs and restaurateurs; including gabe rucker and naomi pomeroy, tommy habetz, john gorham, troy mcclarty, and more.

emily is inspired by local ingredients, seasonal vegetables and farm produce, and specializes in pastry, pies, and cakes.


is a restaurant operations manager and chef, with experience in retail management, marketing and advertising.

in 2004 he earned a degree in marketing and management from the university of portland, where he also lettered four years as a member of the university’s men’s varsity soccer team.

ryan managed retail stores for adidas and worked as an advertising account executive for nike in his early 20’s but his his love for food, cooking and dining inspired him to find work in restaurants in 2007.

with many years experience in restaurant management, most notably as general manager of michelin-starred pok pok NY in brooklyn, new york, ryan has become an expert in restaurant systems, communication and team building, staff management, and guest relations.

currently, when ryan is not managing restaurants, he is an avid forager and celebrates the bounty of the pacific northwest by the gathering of the seasons’ wild edibles.