7 Questions with Maria Hines
If Iron Chef America host Alton Brown has said it once he’s said it a dozen times, when it comes to fish you do not want to battle Morimoto. How true, out of Morimoto son’s thirty some-odd battles he’s has only lost twice when the secret ingredient was fish. Once was to Seattle chef Tom Douglas in Battle Wild Salmon. Oddly enough the only other chef to defeat the senior Iron Chef in a fish battle was also from Seattle.
Just recently Titlh chef/owner Maria Hines handed Morimoto his second loss in Battle Pacific Cod. Judges John T. Edge, Julie White and Sam Haskell felt that Hines prepared the best tasting dishes awarding her 28 points in the “flavor” category to just 23 for the Iron Chef. But Iron Chef is only the latest accolade for the Bowling Green, Ohio native. Chef Hines also won a James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Northwest in 2009 and was named one of Food & Wine Magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs of 2005. Chef Maria is a founding member of Seattle Restaurant Week.
After studying at Mesa College she soon found herself working in kitchens in New York, France, California, Washington D.C. and of course Seattle, first at Earth & Ocean and now with Tilth. Hines was also a contestant on the second season of Top Chef: Masters which was won by Marcus Samuelson.
Recently Chef Maria Hines was courteous enough to answer 7 Questions:
1. How old were you when you first started to cook?
2. When did you decide that you could make food your career?
16 years old
3. Which chefs have influenced you the most?
4. If you hadn’t followed this career path, what other career could you see yourself in?
5. What’s the highlight of your career so far?
Owning Tilth restaurant.
6. Only two chefs have ever bested Iron Chef Morimoto in a battle involving fish, yourself and Tom Douglas. What is it about Seattle that makes the chefs so proficient with seafood?
We are surrounded by an amazing seafood bounty in the Northwest.
7. What’s next for Chef Maria Hines?
This is it. I love Tilth.