No stranger to The Bluff and Friday Harbor House, Rock began his tenure as sous chef and was promoted to Executive Chef in April of 2013. Originally from Chicago, Rock has studied and worked all across the United States - arriving in the San Juan Islands from The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa in Carefree, Arizona. He has an AOS Culinary Arts degree from Scottsdale Culinary School, Le Cordon Bleu.
True to his Midwest roots, Rock is also an accomplished hockey player - a path he heavily pursued until his love for the kitchen led him to his career as a chef. Playing for several minor league teams in the U.S. and Canada, Rock was able to experience many areas of North America. Even so, Rock's opinion of his current home is the highest. "I have seen many impressive places, but none that come close to the beauty of the San Juan Islands." Says Rock. "The beauty, the natural resources available, the community - nothing beats it."
Rock is thrilled to offer his guests excellent service and a menu of delicious island cuisine - for which 80% of the ingredients are sourced from the Pacific Northwest. Always on the lookout for creative ways to incorporate the flavors of the island, Rock regularly heads to the local farmers' markets and forages around the island. Often his discoveries will even make their way into the menu's evening special. It is his goal to give each guest - whether a local or tourist - a truly fantastic experience.
Rock currently resides on Friday Harbor with his family, including his wife Jodi and daughter Lily. When not at work, Rock can be found foraging, hiking and enjoying the beautiful islands.
Join us at Friday Harbor House in October to celebrate Savor the San Juans. Stay two nights and save up to 20% off the Best Available Rate!
Embark on a culinary adventure with Chef Rock including a trip to the SJI Farmers Market, demonstration and tasting, and more!
Celebrate the bounty of the islands with multi-course farm dinners featuring fresh fare from local purveyors handcrafted by Chef Rock.