New Timberline Lodge Chef Cooks at The White House

Jason Stoller Smith was recently named executive chef at Oregon's famed Timberline Lodge


Chef Jason Stoller Smith // (c) Timberline Lodge

Chef Jason Stoller Smith
// (c) Timberline Lodge

Jason Stoller Smith was recently named executive chef at Oregon's famed Timberline Lodge. On June 8, 2010, just before starting his new job, Smith made a quick detour to Washington D.C. to cook salmon at the White House during the annual Congressional Picnic.

A veteran Willamette Valley wine country chef, Smith has previously made a name for himself by preparing the traditional Pacific Northwest salmon bake for the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville, Oregon, which prompted the White House invitation.

Smith left an eight-year stint as chef at the Dundee Bistro, a wine country favorite, to head up the culinary program at Timberline. He takes over for Leif Eric Benson, who guided the lodge’s food and beverage program for 31 years before retiring in April. Smith's affinity for local ingredients and his close relationships with many Oregon winemakers bring enhanced regional flavor to Timberline’s menus and wine list.

Located at the top of Mount Hood, Timberline Lodge -- a national historic landmark -- provides spectacular views from its Cascade Dining Room.

 

 

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