Our Chefs

David Ezelle
Executive Chef- Bluehour
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York, David took the next brave step in his professional chef career and moved across the continent to San Francisco. There, he landed in the kitchen at renowned Bix Restaurant, which is part of the same restaurant group where Bruce Carey worked when he lived in SF. Having learned the basics of the business from the same hospitality experts, Bruce and David speak the same language about how things should feel, how food should taste, how a menu should at once excite and comfort, and how diners should be treated.

David moved to Portland to lead the kitchens in busy restaurants here for several years before accepting the position of Executive Chef at the venerable Bluehour restaurant in August of 2017.

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Alex Diestra
Executive Chef- Clarklewis
Working two jobs from the age of 19, Executive Chef Alex Diestra attributes his deliberate rise in the restaurant business to hard work and good luck; although the two jobs approach was more about wanting to learn and get more training than needing the work. With this strategy, Alex found himself in great kitchens with fantastic mentors, including Indonesian Chef Richard Van Rossum, who hosted a 2001 James Beard dinner in NYC with Alex at his side. James Porter of Petite Maison in Scottsdale, Arizona is also an inspiration and a great friend to Alex. Yet he cites his mother – a great cook – for having the most influence on him. With her appreciation for traditional methods, she coaxes distinct flavors from quality ingredients and makes bright, delicious, always memorable dishes.

This hands-on experience is complemented by Alex’s formal training at the Western Culinary Institute, now Le Cordon Bleu, in Portland. Alex has been a leader in the kitchen at Saucebox for years, working closely with Chef Gregory Gourdet and Chef Jason Neroni before he took the helm in early 2011. Now in 2016 Alex is the Executive Chef at Clarklewis.

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Zack Capoccia
Executive Chef – Saucebox

Even as a boy, when anyone would ask lil’ Zack what he wanted to be when he grew up the answer was the same: a resounding, “I wanna be a chef!” In his large Italian family, his mom probably welcomed the help in the kitchen. The seven family members would eat together every night at 6:00 pm sharp. That’s part of the reason why Zack is so at ease in a busy kitchen. It’s like home for him.

Aside from his Mom – a capable home cook herself, Zack’s earliest influences include the neighbors, Dan and Marie who had a huge vegetable garden out back. Zack was always in the garden with them, weeding, harvesting, shelling peas… The connection between what you grow and what you eat is engraved in his mind, and in his habits.

After culinary school Zack landed his first professional kitchen job with Chef Bill Nigo in Sacramento at the renowned contemporary Japanese Kru Restaurant, where he worked his way up the ranks from intern to sous chef.

Oregon’s quality agriculture was a big part of the draw that inspired Zack to move from the Northern California valley farm country in 2012. He continues to develop and further his relations with local farmers, ranchers and food artisans in and nearby Portland.

On his rare days outside the Saucebox kitchen, Zack may be found fishing the Lewis River in Washington, foraging, or perhaps up on the roof of the building across the street from the Clarklewis, tending to his own urban kitchen garden.

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Coming Soon
Executive Chef- 23Hoyt
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