Eric Tanaka


Eric Tanaka is partner and chef at Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen. He has been an essential voice and partner in the growth and successes of this leading Seattle restaurant company. Affectionately known as “ET” within the company, Tanaka’s ability to transform Tom’s ideas and interests into iconic dishes and innovative restaurants is well known and led to the James Beard award for Best Chef Northwest in 2004.

In his twenty-year journey with Tom Douglas, Eric has grown to be a mentor for all cooks and helped open twelve additional Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen restaurants, including TanakaSan, inspired by Eric’s Japanese-American heritage.