Quinton Stewart is the chef at Ben Paris in The State Hotel, a popular dining spot in Seattle known for its ambitious cocktails and hand-crafted American eats (hello, buttermilk fried chicken!). Learn about Quinton Stewart…
Hometown: Seattle, WA
First job: Washing dishes at Sweetwater.
Favorite ways to spend your free time in WA: Mountain biking at St. Edwards Park, riding motorcycles in the North Cascades, grilling on the beach at Birch Bay.
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Working alongside cooks on their way to becoming great leaders and chefs is the most important and amazing part of being in my role.
The biggest obstacle you overcame: Making the segue from school into the realm of fine dining was extremely tough. Luckily, I had great mentors encouraging me not to give up.
Someone who inspires you and why: My parents. They taught me tenacity.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Learn to code or something.
Favorite quote: “If it is to be, it is up to me to do it.”
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I’ve said no, thank you, to appear on some reality cooking shows.
What makes someone fabulous: Authenticity.