Grand Dinnner Chef
Jason Stratton, Chef
Spinasse | Artusi | Aragona, Seattle, Washington
Chef Jason Stratton joined Spinasse in 2009 to further the restaurant’s perspective on the foods and feastings of the Piedmont region of northern Italy. He creates simple, refined dishes grounded in techniques from Piedmont, while celebrating the products of artisans and small farmers from the Pacific Northwest. In its first two years, Spinasse was named one of Seattle’s Best Restaurants in 2009 by Seattle Metropolitan magazine and Jason was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs for 2010.
In June 2011 Stratton opened Artusi, a modern Italianaperitivo bar and restaurant focusingon the historic and traditional cuisine of Italy crafted to pair with grappa, amaro, vermouth, beer and specialty cocktails. The inspiration for the food comes from the roots of traditional Italian cuisine, influenced by Pellegrino Artusi’s book Science in the Kitchen or the Art of Eating Well.
2013 brings Jason’s newest restaurant, Aragona, to the heart of downtown Seattle. Aragona offers simple but sophisticated versions of classic dishes from Spain using the products of small, local farmers and local and imported artisans. Aragona’s cuisine is influenced by the historical traditions of Aragon, matched with modern technique.
Stratton began his career at the early age of 16 at Seattle’s classic Le Gourmand restaurant under Chef Bruce Naftaly, initially hired to wash dishes and over 5 years expanded his duties to include prep work and desserts. While attending Evergreen State College, Jason spent a semester in Granada, Spain and worked as a line cook with Chef Charles Walpole from 2000-2002 at the now-closed, Avenue One.
From 2002-2007, Jason worked for Chef/Owner Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita initially as line cook, followed by a lead role as sous chef . During Jason’s time in the Cafe Juanita kitchen, Holly was consecutively nominated for Best Chef: Pacific Northwest and in 2008, Jason’s last year there, Holly won the coveted award. During his time at Cafe Juanita, Jason returned to Europe several times to travel and eat: France, Spain and Italy (Rome, Emiglia Romagna, Lombardy and Piedmont).
In early 2008, Jason left Cafe Juanita for a 6 month sabbatical to Spain, (again Granada). While there, he was hired to serve as co-chef at Poppy, Chef Jerry Traunfeld’s (formerly of The Herb Farm) new restaurant, where he worked from August 2008 to May 2009.
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