Israel and Nancy.jpg
Photo by Leslie Kelly
Israel Berube gets some advice from Crumpet Shop owner Nancy McFaul.
See that guy dancing in the kitchen at The Crumpet

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Meet Israel: Crumpet Baker, Hip Hop Artist, Earthling

Israel and Nancy.jpg
Photo by Leslie Kelly
Israel Berube gets some advice from Crumpet Shop owner Nancy McFaul.
See that guy dancing in the kitchen at The Crumpet Shop? It's Israel Berube, a musician, a poet, a crumpet artist. He's the bubbly presence who can't stop grinning while he cooks those magnificent discs of doughy goodness.

SW: What was your first cooking job?

Israel: I was 14 years old and I got a job working at Sbarro's Pizza at a mall in Anchorage.

SW: Are you a native Alaskan?

Israel: I am an earthling... as far as I know.

SW: So you got your start in the food court. Where did you go from there?

Israel: Oh my goodness gracious. As far as cooking goes, my next spot was at a place called the Roosevelt Café, which is similar to the Crumpet Shop. It's a family run business. This really cool lady started it up. There was a stage and she had coffee and wraps and it was my vision of what a perfect place should be. Welcoming, versatile. Everybody was open-minded.

SW: How did you end up at The Crumpet Shop?

Israel: Well, I was working at Utili-Kilts and I was laid off. It was actually one of the best things that's ever happened to me because I found the Crumpet Shop job. I actually wanted to work here since I first moved to Seattle. Before I got hired at Utili-Kilts, I tried to get on here, but they had just hired somebody who had worked here before and had just come back from school. But I was persistent. I came back after I got laid off from Utili-Kilts at 4:30 in the morning. My mom taught me early bird gets the worm. I showed up here wearing my little tie.

SW: And a Utili-Kilt?

Israel: No, no. I only wore those when I worked there. They have great air-conditioning, but they're dangerous to skate in.

SW: Is it hard to get up that early?

Israel: Yeah, I am so not a morning person. But I've been able to acclimate myself to the morning waking up thing. And now, it's really nice because I have a whole day to do things after I get off. I'm just enjoying things a little differently. I love change. It's perfect for me.

Check back tomorrow for part two of this week's Grillaxin when Israel Berube talks about his music and how he pours a lot of love into making crumpets.

 
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