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Edouardo Jordan

Chef Edouardo Jordan
Photo © Dylan + Jeni

Restaurant: Bar Sajor (Read a review)

Location: Seattle

Why He's Amazing: Because he went from being a server at Bennigan's (his first restaurant job) to cooking curious edibles (like spruce tips and chrysanthemum greens) over wood and fire at one of Seattle's hippest new restaurants.

Culinary School: Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts (Orlando, FL)

Background: Sitka & Spruce (Seattle); Lincoln, Per Se (New York City); The Herbfarm (Woodinville, WA)

Quintessential Dish: Quillayute River king salmon cured in honey and chamomile with poached and raw rhubarb, crème fraîche and eighty-percent rye bread

Heritage: "I'm from the South. My family did it up Southern style: collard greens, chitlins, black-eyed peas, corn bread; that's kind of the foundation of my cooking."

His Philosophy: "Don't mess up a good ingredient."

Enduring Food Obsession: "I'm a burger freak. I love burgers. I'll eat a cheap burger, I'll eat an expensive burger—ground meat, man! Just put it on a bun! I won't technically go to a fast-food burger place anymore, but I used to…"

Unusual Drinks: In addition to wines, beers, ciders and mead, Bar Sajor has kombucha on draft, sodas in flavors like rye and quince, and Jordan's locally famous shrubs—vinegar-based beverages accented with huckleberry or beet, for instance, depending on the season.

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