Rising Star Chef Brendan McGill of Hitchcock Deli - Biography

Bainbridge Island, WA

November 2015

Brendan McGill has been cooking in Seattle for more than a decade, but he got his start as a porter in Fairbanks, Alaska. As a teenager, he worked his way from dish pit to prep to line cook. He then went on to earn a culinary degree at the Art Institute of Seattle.

McGill gained his footing at Pike Place’s Il Bistro and later served as opening chef of The Apartment. He then took the opportunity to work with Chef Joseba Jiménez de Jiménez at Harvest Vine. After traveling throughout Spain and South America, McGill landed a gig at Crémant, affording him insight into running a business. As executive chef for the Via Tribunali group, McGill received a crash-course in multi-unit management.

In 2010, inspired and on a mission to get closer to food, he opened casual finedining spot Hitchock on Bainbridge Island, where he supported local farmers, nourished locals, and created a cuisine specific to the island. With the same ethos, two Hitchcock Delis followed, one on Baimbridge Island and one on the mainland in Georgetown. In 2013, McGill was named “The People’s Best New Chef” by Food & Wine and Eater Seattle’s “Chef of the Year.” He also was a semi-finalist  for James Beard's “Best Chef, Northwest.” In 2015, McGill earned a StarChefs Rising Star Artisan Award for his work.