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Raising Kids in the Kitchen: Seattle Culinary Pros Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi are Keeping it in the Family

Photo: Joshua Huston


Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, award-winning chefs, restaurateurs and busy parents, moved to Seattle almost 10 years ago to open their first restaurant. Three cutting-edge Korean fusion restaurants and two kids later, the chef duo find themselves running one of Seattle’s hottest burgeoning culinary empires — when they’re not running after their two young sons, that is. Yang tells us she approaches food preparation for her kids the same way she does writing a menu: building layers with components and encompassing a variety of foods and textures to make it fun. 

Her 3- and 5-year-olds enjoy all the traditional kid favorites, but Rachel encourages them to be adventurous eaters by cooking one meal for the whole family to share (as long as it’s not too spicy) and by bringing them to her restaurants, where they thrive on the bustling atmosphere and the excitement.  

Their favorite of the three is Trove, which features cook-your-own Korean barbeque — perfect for hungry kids — as well as an ice cream window. Yang says that her boys love to participate in cooking their own food at Trove’s barbeque tables, making them feel “part of the party.”  

Photo: Joshua Huston

Trove features cook-your-own Korean barbeque, perfect for hungry kids.

At Revel, which focuses on Korean street food, kids love to watch the chefs work behind the counter, and they can choose between dumplings, savory pancakes and noodles. The weekend brunch offers a riff on PBJ as well as coconut pancakes and bacon donuts. For parents, the kimchi Bloody Mary is not to be missed.  

Joule, the restaurant that started it all, is perfect for date-night dinners, but kids love the weekend brunch. It offers plenty of family-friendly, à la carte fare as well as a revolving themed monthly buffet (included in your order), which Yang calls a great opportunity for kids to try things that they might not usually order. Grab a seat on the patio and cozy up to the charming fire pit on chilly mornings to give your family a truly unique meal and experience something new together. As Rachel says, “food is such an important part of family life.”

Joule, 3506 Stone Way N, joulerestaurant.com

Revel, 403 N 36th St, revelseattle.com

Trove, 500 E Pike St, troveseattle.com

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