Winner of the 2009 James Beard Award for Best Chef Northwest, Maria Hines has expanded her restaurant group into three, award-winning and diverse concepts: Tilth, Agrodolce and Young American Ale House. She has been turning heads since 2003 when she first took the helm at Earth & Ocean. In 2005, she was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s 10 Best New Chefs and went on to open her first restaurant, Tilth, in September 2006, which remains among one of the nation’s top culinary destinations. In 2008, Frank Bruni of the New York Times named Tilth one of the top 10 best new restaurants in the country. Maria competed in “Top Chef Masters” in 2010 and later that year appeared on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and won the “Battle of Pacific Cod.” Adding to her list of accolades, Maria was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013.
She is a leader in the restaurant and sustainability community, donating her time to such causes as James Beard Foundation sustainability programs, American Chef Corps, food equality for low-income families and other food system advocacy. She is a founding member or Seattle Restaurant Week and previously served on the board for PCC Farmland Trust.
Maria Hines Restaurants includes Tilth, offering New American cuisine; Agrodolce, with a focus on Southern Italian and Sicilian foods; and most recently, Young American Ale House, featuring American classics with a twist. With her intense dedication to local farmers and organic ingredients unwavering, her restaurants are all certified organic by the esteemed, Oregon Tilth.