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Photo by Leslie Kelly
Chef Deb Breuler met her sous chef Kaelon Sparks while working briefly at Hard Rock Cafe.
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Avalon's Chef Credits Superstar Rick Bayless With Helping Shape Her Culinary Career

chef Deb2.jpg
Photo by Leslie Kelly
Chef Deb Breuler met her sous chef Kaelon Sparks while working briefly at Hard Rock Cafe.
Deb Breuler has a pretty impressive resume. After culinary school, she worked at L'Avenue in San Francisco and then for Rick Bayless at Zinfandel in Chicago before moving to L.A., where she personal-chefed for Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Jones. She later worked her way up the corporate ladder at Maggiano's, cooking and managing for that huge, wildly popular chain for 10 years. Now she's working in her own space, a place called Avalon. Read more in part one of this week's Grillaxin Q&A.

SW: Is this a scary time to be opening a restaurant?

I was nervous, but the timing seemed right and several opportunities came our way that helped us make the decision to do it now. I have had a pretty pleasant experience and thus far no serious frustrations. I am a pretty adaptable person and all the people that I have met in this process are really rooting for us.

What are some of your favorite places to dine in Seattle? One highbrow and one dive . . .

Spring Hill and Blackboard Bistro are amazing, and I love the taco truck in White Center, Las Fondita. I love sopes [little masa cups filled like a taco], and you can get them there.

Do you have any New Year's resolutions?

Not work so much.

What are your favorite kitchen gadgets? Cookbooks?

I love Ethan Stowell's new cookbook. I'm not much of a gadget person. I have a new double-stack convection oven I really love, and our piston-operated Victoria Arduno espresso machine is amazing.

Any predictions for food trends of 2011?

Pie will be hot, and I sure hope Liege-style waffles become more available.

Check back for part three of this week's Grillaxin for a mussel stew recipe from chef Deb Breuler from Avalon in West Seattle's Luna Park neighborhood.

 
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