For many chefs, a culinary interest is revealed during the pursuit of another career. For others, they fall into it and get hooked. For Scott Staples, cooking and restaurants have been passions since his youth.
Staples was raised in the restaurant industry in his hometown of Denver, CO. His father and mentor, Dixon Staples, owned and operated three popular restaurants in Colorado for 35 years. In 1982, Staples began his culinary career working for his dad, learning the solid principles of culinary arts and successful restaurant operations.
With a love for skiing, as well as cooking, Staples moved to Steamboat Springs, CO in 1986 and took on a sous chef position at the town’s top eatery, Mattie Silks. In 1987, Scott traversed to Telluride, CO where he was sous chef for La Marmotte, serving classical French country fare. In 1988, Scott and Heather Staples were married and that union took them to Boston, where Heather could pursue her career in architecture. Scott was hired as chef de cuisine for the eclectic French restaurant, 29 Newbury and then as chef de tournant and saucier at the Four-Star French Rowes Wharf.
A drive to receive classical training took Scott and Heather on an apprenticeship to Milan, Italy, where Scott worked at Ristorante Gualtiero Marchesi with Gualtiero Marchesi, the leading representative of Italian cuisine in the world. Marchesi is the first Italian to receive three Michelin Stars and is renowned as one of the world’s culinary masters.
In 1991, Scott and Heather moved to Seattle and Scott was hired at the highly acclaimed Palm Court restaurant in the Westin Hotel Seattle, where he remained as the top toque until 1993. From 1993-1999, Scott was lead chef in various restaurants, honing his style and skills in preparation of pursing his interest to one day open his own establishment.
In September of 2000, Scott and Heather put the myriad of pieces together to realize a lifelong dream and opened Restaurant Zoë. Named after their toddler daughter, Restaurant Zoë was located in Seattle’s eclectic Belltown neighborhood and was highly-prized for its commitment to a seasonal, produce-driven menu that was executed and delivered in a comfortable yet contemporary setting.
After Restaurant Zoë, the Staples' opened a new locale in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, Uneeda Burger. This casual, roadside-style burger shack offers burgers, sandwiches, sides, and shakes using locally sourced beef burgers, chicken and veggie options.