The Harrison House Suites and Tucker House Inn welcome Chef Eddie Garcia to San Juan Island. Mr. Garcia recently relocated from Nantucket where he spent last summer and fall as the Communard (staff chef) for the Great Harbor Yacht Club. Prior to his stint on Nantucket, Eddie, a native of Boston, worked as a private chef. After graduating from Culinary school, he interned at the acclaimed Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon Restaurants. Eddie was proud to be personally hired by well-regarded chef, Ming Tsai after completing a two day stage (brief culinary internship).
Prior to his culinary career, Eddie worked in healthcare for 2 decades coordinating education and support programs for runaway and high-risk youth. Eddie served on the board of the Boston-based chapter of GLSEN which provides much needed guidance and support of GLBT youth in public schools. Mr. Garcia has also worked for the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and for a community risk reduction program for Children’s Hospital Boston. Eddie has had the privilege of residing and working in Boston, Nantucket, NYC, Los Angeles, San Diego and now San Juan Island.
Eddie is thrilled to be back on an island and to work with the staff of the Inns. Over the past week the kitchen, under his direction, produced some innovative, yet simple and comforting dishes. This weekend Eddie is serving a take on Thanksgiving, roasted chicken layered with house baked rosemary bread, mushroom gravy and a side of savory cranberry ginger sauce with a farm-fresh egg!
In his spare time, Eddie is an avid cyclist. He enjoys kayaking and hanging out at the beach. And there is no James Bond movie he hasn’t seen at least 3 or 4 times! Eddie loves to visit with guests and share travel stories, recipes, and talk about food. Please feel free to contact him. He would love to hear from you!