— Our Chef + GM —
About the chef
Executive Chef, Kim Sturts, is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. An established Chef of the PNW region, Kim has been with Sip at the Wine Bar + Restaurant since 2017. Kim’s rich cooking background utilizes classic French technique, melds old world Basque tradition, and borrows from East Asian influences. Additionally, Kim is well versed in the craft of vegetarian cuisine.
Before joining Sip, Kim’s more recent achievements span the opening of many reputable restaurants: Cook Weaver as Sous Chef, Chef de Cuisine at Mollusk and Chef de Cuisine at Spaghetti Western. Other notable roles Kim has held include: Sous Chef at Tilikum Place Café, Sous Chef at Carmelita Vegetarian Restaurant & Bar (Carmelita elevated vegetarian cuisine to a “formal dining” caliber and experience when it graced Seattle’s Greenwood community), The Harvest Vine, and both Tom Douglas’ celebrated: Dahlia Lounge + Serious Pie venues.
Kim continues to credit his fundamental food values to renowned, Chef/Owner- Greg Higgins of Higgins Restaurant in Portland, Oregon, a 2002 James Beard award winner — Best Chef Northwest. A younger Kim spent many years at Higgins influenced by one of the growing pioneers in sustainable, local food and one who continues to shape the restaurant and food culture today.
Beyond food, Kim is an avid skier, mountain biker, hiker and adventurer. You will find him trail bound and exploring endless mountain peaks with Bonnie, his fearless Morkie.
ABOUT THE GENERAL MANAGEr
Since the age of 18, David Rask realized his talent for making meaningful connections with people in his community, his ability to concoct the perfect beverage and food pairing, and capacity for enriching the hospitality world.
David brings years of intimate wine proficiency and cocktail management to his position as, General Manager, at Sip at the Wine Bar + Restaurant. He is a Pacific Northwest graduate, from Central Washington University, and honed his focus naturally, in Global Wine Studies, with minor in the Environmental Sciences. His humble, yet adept approach to service, hospitality, and understanding of seasonal northwest ingredients is very much influenced by his native upbringing -right here in Issaquah, WA.
David’s knowledge and generosity of food and drink span the east side’s well regarded: Swiftwater Cellars, Lombardis, Big Fish, and The Melting Pot.
We are thrilled to have David enrich the hospitality experience at Sip since joining this past August of 2018. His mastery of Pacific Northwest wine and spirits, mixed with ability to reinvent the classic cocktail brings the perfect blend of tradition, experiment, and habitat.
David enjoys a good round of golf during his leisure. Not surprisingly, he remains a true connoisseur of exceptional wine, where one can find him amidst local wineries challenging his palate for the next fine taste!