Rising Star Chef Jake Rojas of Tallulah's - Biography

Seattle, WA

September 2017

Jake Rojas was first encountered classical French cookery while in vocational school after an early run-in with the law. Working with food, though, helped the El Paso, Texas native realize his own potential––both personally and professionally. After graduating with a culinary degree from The Art Institute of Dallas, Rojas went on to progress in esteemed kitchens across the country, including The Sunset Restaurant, L’Atelier De Joël Robuchon, and Alain Ducasse’s Mix. 

In 2010, Rojas headed for Newport, Rhode Island, to open Tallulah on Thames. As head chef and co-owner with his wife Kelly Ann, Rojas pushed boundaries with aggressively flavorful and composed fine dining dishes served in a casual seaside atmosphere. Rojas also launched Tallulah’s Taco Truck, followed by Tallulah’s Taqueria in Providence, inspired by the Chicano flavors of his childhood. In 2016, Rojas closed the fine dining Tallulah to focus on the casual concepts. He has been noted as one of the best chefs in New England by Food & Wine and earned a StarChefs Rising Stars Award in 2014.