CHEF JOHN HOWIE
Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar
205 108th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Chef/Author John Howie is the Chef/Owner of some of Seattle’s best restaurants. Chef Howie’s first restaurant, Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, is recognized as Seattle’s best seafood restaurant by ZAGAT with an extraordinary score of 27. Seastar was voted "Best Eastside Restaurant" and "Best Seafood Restaurant" in Seattle Magazine for 2013. In 2005, Howie opened SPORT Restaurant & Bar in Fisher Plaza, across from the Space Needle. It’s been a sport fan and family favorite since opening, with award-winning chili, chowder and Wagyu beef burgers. SPORT was also voted "Best Sports Bar" by the readers of Seattle Magazine in April 2013. In September of 2009, Howie opened John Howie Steak. John Howie Steak was recently voted the “Best Steakhouse, Best Chef and Best Service” in Seattle by the readers of 425 Magazine, and "Best Steak in Seattle" by the readers of Seattle Magazine. John Howie Steak is recognized by ZAGAT with a 26 for service, and a 27 for food, both considered extraordinary. Chef Howie will open his latest projects, Beardslee Public House and Wildwood Spirits Co. in Bothell in March 2015.
Chef Howie’s restaurants are known for their philanthropic achievements as well as their culinary expertise. Since 2002, over $4,500,000 have been delivered to various charitable organizations through donations of time, products and gift certificates. Chef Howie also represents the Seattle Seahawks at the Taste of the NFL’s “Party with Purpose” each year, with 2014 being his 10th year. Chef Howie won the Taste of the NFL’s “Kick Hunger Challenge” in both 2013 and 2014 by raising the most money in the country for the hungry; $83,000 in 2014. Chef Howie's restaurant group was recognized in 2013 by the Puget Sound Business Journal with the Corporate Citizenship Award for Neighborhoods and Communities. Lawyers Helping Hungry Children also awarded Chef Howie with the "Hunger Warrior Award" in 2013 for his work within the community on hunger relief. In April 2014, Bellevue LifeSpring honored Chef Howie with the first annual Wing's Award, given for his efforts to end hunger in the community.
Chef Howie is a regular on Seattle’s local TV and radio stations, providing viewers and listeners with great culinary recommendations. Howie is also featured in national media, including Martha Stewart Living, the CBS Early Morning Show, the Cooking Channel, Food Network, Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times.
In 2011, Howie released Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table.The cookbook is a culmination of recipes and stories from Howie’s experiences as a chef and restaurant owner. Passion & Palate is a hardbound book, with over 240 recipes and beautiful photography. The book also features wine recommendations for each recipe from Erik Liedholm, company wine director, sommelier and business partner. Passion & Palate is endorsed by Chef Maria Hines, Jay “The Bone” Buhner, Coach Lenny Wilkins, and many more.