Jason Stratton joined Spinasse to further the restaurant’s perspective on the foods and feastings of the Piedmont region of northern Italy.


Stratton began his career at the age of 16 at Seattle’s classic Le Gourmand restaurant under Chef Bruce Naftaly. From 2002-2007, Jason worked for Chef/Owner Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita. During his time at Cafe Juanita, Jason traveled to Europe to explore and eat in France, Spain and Italy. In early 2008, Jason left Cafe Juanita for a 6 month sabbatical in Spain. Upon his August 2008 return, he was hired to serve as co-chef at Chef Jerry Traunfeld’s restaurant, Poppy.

Jason assumed the lead kitchen role at Spinasse in July of 2009. Since his arrival, public and media accolades acknowledging his talent grow. Named one of Seattle’s Best Restaurants in 2009 by Seattle Metropolitan magazine, Jason’s creates simple, refined dishes grounded in techniques from Piedmont, while celebrating the products of artisans and small farmers from the Pacific Northwest.

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