Self-taught and brimming with energy and ideas, 27-year-old Chef Chris Nau is aiming to shake up the Kitsap County dining scene.
Nau made a splash at the 2016 World Chef Challenge, taking first place in the international division and finishing second overall. Now, in addition to serving as executive chef at Manette’s venerable Boat Shed, he’s creating a private dining club in Bremerton and working with the Filipino-American Association to turn its community center kitchen into an incubator for local food businesses.
“My vision is a little bit bigger than my boots,” he admitted during a recent interview after lunch service at the Boat Shed.
A 2007 graduate of South Kitsap High School, Nau grew up with Mexican and Spanish culinary influences at home and honed his skills at a number of restaurants, including MoonDogs, Too, Uncle Dave’s Café and the high-end Bay Street Bistro, where he reveled in creating four-course, internationally-themed Sunday dinners.
He highlighted local ingredients, including mushrooms, herbs and seaweed that he personally foraged. “I had the ability to create my own style.”
Nau has carried that sensibility to Northwest Root Cellars, a catering and culinary pop-up company he launched last summer.”