Education: Gourmet cooking and catering certificate and personal chef certificate, School of Gourmet Cooking & Catering.
Who has been a significant influence in your life and career? My father was born in poverty, one of 11 children (only 7 survived infancy), and lost his father when he was 17. He was a very hard-working entrepreneur and started a business that helped him purchase his mother a new home and pay for his sister's college education. He often described me as having "horsepower" and taught me that there was never a ceiling that I couldn't break, or anything I couldn't do if I set my mind to it and worked had enough.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received? All of the power you need to be successful is within you. I may not be the most educated, the most financially set up, or even the smartest but I will give anyone a run for their money when it comes to ambition and determination.
If you had to choose an alternative career path and money wasn't relevant, what would you do? My other love is writing, so I would be living on a beach writing novels and getting sun-tanned.
If you had one wish for Spokane, what would it be? My goal is to help elevate the restaurant scene in Spokane to the highest level possible, focusing on quality food, culinary techniques, and beverages that support local and regional producers, farms, wineries, distilleries, breweries, coffee, and other small businesses.
Within a year's time, Spokane chef and restaurateur Juli Norris opened two new restaurants in the up-and-coming North Bank neighborhood.
Classically trained in French cuisine, the former owner of the Downriver Grill opened Kasa Restaurant & Taphouse, known for its fusion flavors, in December 2022 in Spokane’s Papillon Building. In November 2023, Norris opened Lorèn, a French-inspired speakeasy, restaurant, and social club tucked away in the basement of the same building.
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