Beach Café Chef de Cuisine Matt Steffen
Matthew Steffen is the Chef de Cuisine at one of the finest downtown restaurants in Kirkland, the Beach Café. Matthew's love of farm fresh flavors is evident throughout the Beach Café's menu, as well as his signature "twists" on favorites that leave guests coming back for more.
Chef Matthew's career in the culinary world has taken him all over the country, most recently in Arizona where he spent time in the kitchens of some of the most exclusive resorts in the area, including The Grill at the Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Flying V Bar and Grill at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tuscon, and most recently the Grill at the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa in Litchfield. Chef Matthew also took his talent out into the community, participating in notable chef events such as "Flavors of Tucson", "Phoenix Cooks", and even took first place in "Desert Diamond Casino Chili Cook-off".
When not cooking up fresh, familiar, favorites in the Beach Café kitchen, Chef Matthew can be found enjoying time with his wife and two kids, hiking, biking or shopping at local Northwest farmer's markets. When cooking at home, Chef loves to grill fresh local ingredients, or create the perfect risotto (make sure to try the Jalapeno Risotto on our menu!) both with a cold Mac and Jack in hand.
bin on the lake Chef de Cuisine Dylan Giordan
Chef Dylan Giordan is well-known throughout Seattle, having served in some of the city's most esteemed restaurants, and brings his passion for Northwest flavors and the region's stunning raw ingredients to bin on the lake.
Giordan most recently served as the executive chef at Seattle's popular Italian and Mediterranean sister restaurants, Serafina Enoteca and Osteria and Cicchetti Kitchen and Bar. Overseeing all aspects of the menu concept and design, as well as hosting regular cooking classes and implementing innovative programming, Giordan ran the two thriving kitchens in Seattle's competitive dining scene. He was also responsible for developing the house made pasta, cured meat and sausage programs at Serafina, which amassed a loyal following of local patrons. Giordan began his decade-long tenure at Serafina as a sous chef in 2001, before being promoted to chef de cuisine, and eventually executive chef of both restaurants, once Cicchetti opened in 2009. Additionally, Giordan spent a year as a sauté line cook at Flying Fish, working under James Beard award-winning chef Chris Keff.
"Eating is the best way to connect with people, and my favorite part about this profession is being able to create a community and camaraderie through thoughtfully prepared food," said Giordan. "I'm looking forward to infusing a bit of my style with the current successes of bin on the lake to further establish that bond with our diners."
Giordan is also an active participant in many of Seattle's charitable dining events, including YWCA Chefs Fest, Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market and March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. While not roasting his signature pork belly dish or joining in community events, Giordan's favorite leisure activity is spending time with his two children, Sebastian and Sophia.