Scott has numerous national and local accolades attesting to his culinary mastery in the kitchen including 3 James Beard Nominations, Food&Wine Best New Chef, and Gourmet top 100. Through his 15 years of owning and running popular and successful restaurants, Park Kitchen and The Bent Brick, Scott’s proven himself as a strong business presence in Portland’s restaurant community.
A long-time volunteer with Portland’s homeless youth drop-in center p:ear, Scott gained critical work experience with at-risk populations, developing the patience and compassion necessary to train those who have barriers to employment. Scott has sought to connect these potential employees with Portland restaurants who are experiencing their own labor shortages; with Stone Soup, he is able to do just that.
Sean honed his kitchen skills in some of San Francisco’s finest restaurants in the early 2000s. Under the tutelage of Chef Jan Birnbaum (who earned a Michelin Star at Campton Place), Sean propelled Epic Roasthouse to the next level. He also opened Cotogna Restaurant with Chef Michael Tusk. Sean then became a chef instructor with the California Culinary Academy, leading students through French, Italian, and American cuisine. After moving to Portland, he worked as the executive sous chef at Levy Restaurants in the MODA Center. Sean’s own experience fighting poverty and addiction have inspired him to show others there is a path forward.
Connor is a lifelong Oregonian who has been working in local nonprofits that address hunger and social services for the last twelve years in Portland. He has a passion for meeting people where they are, sharing skills, and of course feeding folks from all walks of life, but specifically those living in poverty and experiencing houselessness. He believes that no one should be denied access to fresh, nourishing food regardless of circumstance and that there is always enough to share.
Outside work, he enjoys training his rescue puppy, camping, and watching many documentaries.