I cook because I can. I have always loved the instant gratification of preparing a meal for guests. Cooking is also a perpetual source of learning and growth, and, for a shy person, it is a way to connect. I began humbly as a prep cook for Lisa Dupar and Jonathan Zimmerman, and eventually graduated to some pretty illustrious kitchens, including at The French Laundry and The Herbfarm. But the place that expresses my sensibilities best is Allium Restaurant, which I opened on Orcas Island on May 28, 2010.

I chose to open Allium on Orcas Island, because the opportunity presented itself at the right time. I buy local ingredients not because I want to have a locavore restaurant but because I want to support my neighbors who grow, forage or procure these foods. I stay on Orcas, because I see in an intimate way how my participation makes a difference in a community. When you come to Allium, know that you are having a meal in my home and allowing me the pleasure of cooking for you.

This blog is a place for me to reflect on my experiences in the kitchen, on the island, in life. Thank you for joining me on my journey.

– Lisa

6 Responses to About

  1. Alles Gute Lisa:)Das ich schon disch zu seien.MFG Rafael aus Polen.Das war Gute Zeit fur Mich

  2. Lisa, I adore your blog and can’t wait to visit your restaurant. I end up on Orcas often during the summer months and will absolutely dine at Allium. Love the latest post on Social Media… I found myself smiling through most of it. Delicious Wishes!

  3. Thank you Karista! Please let me know when you will be on Orcas, it would be lovely to meet you! Lisa

  4. Hey Chef Lisa,
    Remember me? Kathy from Pebble? I just read about you in the paper and checked out your website and blog! Congrats to you and your success! And you got married, yay! I saw you on TV after you left CA on Dinner Impossible and was so happy that you were shining like always. I have thought of you often since. Anyway, I am now living in the Tacoma area. Send me an email where we can start to catch up! It would be great to hear from you! I would love to help spread your message, it’s so important! Peace! K

  5. Hi Scott

    Thanks for the comment. You may reach me at lisaknakamura@gmail.com.

  6. Dr. Michael Traub

    ‘Hello doctor Mike, what do you like to eat?’
    ‘Hello Lisa, what you are cooking for me!’
    Yes, your years in Munich were the heaven for me,
    the paradise, also always for my guests who were
    eating with me.
    Thank you! Hope to meet you again! It would be

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