Chef Gabe Rosen of Biwa - Biography

Portland, OR

September 2015

In 1995, Iowa native and University of Iowa student Gabe Rosen quit his telemarketing job and took a gig as a dishwasher at Linn Street Café. Two years later, he left school and the Midwest entirely for a move to Portland, Oregon, and The Western Culinary Institute. After graduating, Rosen interned at Michael Mina’s Aqua in San Francisco and then returned to Portland to work at Couvron. A year later, he went back to school to complete his degree in Japanese Language at Portland State University. For his final year, he studied in Japan at Hokkaido University in Sapporo.

Once again returning to Portland, Rosen partnered with Kina Voelz and opened Biwa in 2007. Izakaya restaurants in Portland have since exploded—a trend largely due to Biwa’s success. Presently, Rosen has teamed up with long time colleague Ed Ross to open Noraneko, a traditional ramen shop with the addition of a cocktail bar, late night menu, and DJ that plays until 2am.