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Lummi Island, WA


Blaine Wetzel is the head chef of The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. He grew up in Washington and began working in kitchens at age 14. He has studied and apprenticed widely, notably as Rene Redzepi’s chef-de-partie at Noma in Copenhagen that repeatedly garnered recognition as the best restaurant in the world. Since arriving on Lummi Island Wetzel has brought international attention to the island. Chef Blaine was listed by Food & Wine magazine as the Best New Chef of 2012. In 2014 the James Beard Foundation named him Rising Star Chef of the Year and in 2015, he was awarded Best Chef Northwest.

Wetzel’s food brings you into an intimate relationship with the island landscape he loves by delivering a presentation of Lummi Island to the table. He creates exquisite meals with a commitment to locally-sourced ingredients from the island and the ocean around it.