Rachel oversees the multiple private dining spaces at Ascend Prime. Most recently, she was the director of catering sales for John Howie Catering where she was responsible for developing existing and new catering business.
Brandon holds his Advanced Sommelier Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers, USA. He was the sommelier/assistant beverage director at Osteria la Spiga on Capitol Hill and service captain and sommelier at John Howie Steak in Bellevue.
Executive Sushi Chef; Sushi Sous
Yuki was most recently a chef/partner at Pubbelly Sushi Brickell in Miami Beach. He previously held the post of executive sushi chef at Sushisamba in Las Vegas and sushi chef at Okada at the Wynn Las Vegas.
James worked at Seattle's most esteemed sushi spots: Sushi Kashiba, Miyabi Sushi, Tamura Sushi Kappo, Chiso, Kisaku Sushi and Nijo Sushi Bar and Grill.
Marta, a recent Seattle transplant, moved from Rhode Island where she held restaurant pastry chef positions and received her associate degree in Baking and Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University.
A Pacific Northwest native, Derek was the executive chef for the opening of 2120 restaurant in Downtown Seattle, 99 Park in Bellevue, and chef de cuisine at Frank's Oyster House and Pair in the Ravenna neighborhood.
Sean came to Seattle from Las Vegas in 2017 and served as an advising chef on the opening of Lincoln South Food Hall. Prior, he was chef de cuisine for Gordon Ramsay, chef de cuisine at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and sous chef at Charlie Trotters at the Palazzo.
Kevin is the director of culinary development for Ascend Prime and the vision behind the menu. Kevin started in the culinary industry in Hawaii working for Sam Choy and later worked for Michael Mina restaurants in Las Vegas and Detroit for 9 years and was the opening chef for Gordon Ramsay Steak.