Febin Johnson

Today I reside in Seattle, where I work for @TableCateringCo. I’ve been in this industry for seven years. In my second year, a guest told me that my food reminded her of someone who used to cook for her but had recently passed away. Knowing that I could create a special, meaningful moment for someone through food deeply touched me and inspired me to pursue my dream.

My culinary adventure has been a remarkable one, characterized by the exploration of diverse cuisines. From the outset, I was captivated by the idea of uncovering the secrets behind the fusion of ingredients, techniques, and traditions from various corners of the globe. In my early years, I immersed myself in the intricacies of authentic Asian flavors. I delved into the harmonious balance of spices in Thai cuisine, the umami-rich traditions of Japanese cooking, the fiery passion of Indian dishes where I was born, and the comfort of Chinese culinary creations. Each country I worked in imparted great skills and valuable insight into the cultural significance and history behind the dishes.

After some time, Scotland, renowned for its culinary excellence, offered me an unparalleled learning experience. Here, I honed my skills in classical French cooking, exposing me to centuries-old techniques and traditions.

My adventures brought me to discover American cuisine’s dynamic and innovative realm. It’s a style of cooking that beautifully blends various culinary influences, reflecting the nation’s diversity. I learned the importance of creativity and fusion.

In the culinary world, many struggle with mental illness, and there should be a proper system in place to support emotional and psychological wellness among industry professionals.

What is your favorite street food?

Indian Vada paav – love it!

Which restaurant or food stand do you recommend? (Different from yours) (Add its Instagram handle if possible)

Altura, Seattle

What is your guilty pleasure?

Wine and oreos

What ingredient do you find overrated?


What ingredient do you think is underrated?

Vinegar – A good vinegar works magic!

What is your favorite kitchen tool?

Utility knife

What is your worst kitchen nightmare?

Fryer leaks/pour outs