Chef Jason Wilson of Crush - Biography

Seattle, Seattle

October 2011

Jason Wilson fell for food in Hawaii. In his time between surfing and working as a barback and busboy, he and his friends would buy whole fish right from the docks, break them down at home, and gorge on sashimi. His love for food blossomed and took him, at age 22, to the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. After graduating in 1995, he spent time in some of the most influential kitchens in San Francisco, working with Albert Tordjman of the Flying Saucer, Michael Mina of Aqua, and Jeremiah Tower of Stars.

Jason’s journey continued with years working at Stars Singapore, and traveling and cooking extensively throughout Southeast Asia. Apprenticeships in Paris and Tain l’Hermitage in France exposed him to pastry technique. He eventually settled in Seattle, where he met life and business partner Nicole Wilson, with whom he opened Crush in 2005.

His ingredient-driven modern American cuisine has garnered local and national accolades, including a 2006 “Best New Chef” award from Food & Wine. Jason’s vivacious personality has led to a number of television appearances and international food events. Crush is one of Seattle’s finest upscale restaurants, yet it manages to combine ambitious cuisine with a laid-back atmosphere—helped in part by the cozy house (refurbished by Jason and Nicole) that holds it.