Chef’s training under renowned Roy Yamaguchi brings fresh appreciation for fish and  Northwest seafoods to the menu  

July 20, 2012                                    

(Lake Oswego, Ore.) – Five Spice Seafood and Wine Bar in Lake Oswego has a new executive chef.

“We’re thrilled and very proud to have Chef Joe Anderson with us at Five Spice Seafood and Wine Bar,” says general manager, Tim Mattera.  “He has an impressive pedigree, a broad range of experience and he brings an understanding of Asian influence into the Northwest, as well, from having helped open Roy’s Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona."  

No stranger to the Northwest, Chef Anderson also helped open Portland City Grill in 2002.  After spending some time in Los Angeles, he then returned to Portland to become Executive Chef with Carlyle restaurant.    

Anderson’s extensive culinary background includes an apprenticeship at Le Maisonette in Cincinnati, Ohio, the country’s first Michelin-starred restaurant.   From there he moved to New York, where he worked with several restaurants, including Gotham Grill, Saxton House and Aura.   Anderson eventually relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona, where he assisted in the opening of Roy’s Restaurant.    

“He clearly brings an appreciation for seafood to Five Spice Seafood and Wine Bar.  His blending of Sake and ponzu sauce, bok choy and wasabi as an influence in many of his dishes is refreshing.  He creates clean, distinct, recognizable flavors that blend beautifully together,” says Mattera.  

What to expect from Chef Anderson?   

“My time in New York and Los Angeles, combined with experience in such outstanding Northwest restaurants as Carlyle and Portland City Grill, has allowed a broad range of choices,” says Anderson. “This background has created a lot of depth in our ever-changing Five Spice menu.”  

His distinction is apparent in the dishes he serves. Anderson is particularly proud of his ginger scallion crusted mahi, served with squash, spinach and his Thai green curry broth.  

“His focus and attention to detail make him unique.  And, his flavor profiles are very much alive and in tune with the Northwest,” says Mattera.  

"I believe Five Spice customers will be pleased,” says Anderson.