Chef Jason Wilson, named one of the 10 Best New Chefs in 2006 by Food & Wine magazine, is the owner and executive chef of the critically acclaimed CRUSH restaurant in Seattle. “Modern American Cuisine” is how Jason describes his style of cooking. A big supporter of local growers and producers, he emphasizes organic ingredients and seasonal products, capturing the purest expression of each season’s offering. Jason’s cuisine partnered with the leadership of partner Nicole Wilson has given CRUSH many accolades, including 3.5 star reviews from both Seattle publications, Seattle Magazine & Seattle Metropolitans’ list of very Best Restaurants, Wine Spectators Award of Excellence, 2007 as well as being featured on such well known television programs as Rachel Ray’s Tasty Travels, Martha (Martha Stewart), Fine Living’s “I want your Job” and PBS’s “Chef’s a Field” to list a few.
Jason’s prowess in the kitchen, warm personality and charisma have lead him to many special events: a guest chef on Holland America Line cruises, at the Epicurean Week at Maliouhana, Anguilla, a visiting chef at the Bermuda Gourmet Getaway, and a member of the host chefs for the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon among a few.
A 1995 graduate of the esteemed California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Jason’s passion for excellence and culinary knowledge brought him to some of the most influential kitchens in San Francisco, working with Albert Tordjman of the Flying Saucer, Michael Mina of Aqua & Jeremiah Tower of Stars. Jason’s journey continued with years working at Stars Singapore, traveling and cooking extensively throughout Southeast Asia. Apprenticeships in France, Paris & Tain Hermitage working with pastry exposed Jason to a deep rooted sensibility of pastry technique. Eventually settling in Seattle, where he met real life & business partner Nicole Wilson, they opened CRUSH in 2005, as part of a lifelong dream to create together.