Sam Cover Outlines His Favorite Dishes

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Spokane County native and award-winning chef Sam Cover shares several of his favorite dishes, heavily influenced by the Pacific Northwest. 


From locally sourced salmon served with roasted squash to poached pears, chocolate souffle, and homemade quince turnovers, award-winning chef Sam Cover is heavily committed to sourcing local ingredients wherever possible, and to creating and delivering dishes with a strong Pacific Northwest feel. Currently in the process of launching an all-new restaurant venture, Cover shares some of his favorite recipes. 


“One of my favorite lighter dishes is roasted celery root with walnuts and fermented tomato,” explains Cover. “I also love chilled oysters on the half shell,” adds the celebrated chef, from Spokane, Washington, “half a dozen or a full dozen at a time.”


Less local dishes also favored by Cover include escargot bordelaise and wagyu beef tartare. “Essentially, however, I’m extremely heavily committed to more local and regional cuisine, particularly from the Pacific Northwest, but I also love French food and often take inspiration for my dishes from the restaurants of Paris,” the chef explains. 


“Locally sourced salmon served with roasted squash, for example,” he adds, “paired with braised greens and Oregon olive oil is both delicious and incredibly comforting.” 


Local, artisan-baked breads, meanwhile, and wines from local vineyards are, according to Sam Cover, the perfect accompaniment. 


Similarly comforting, says Cover, are his three favorite desserts. “Poached pears, chocolate souffle, and a homemade quince turnover served with local ice cream are all favorites of mine,” adds the chef. 


Cover has previously spoken at length about the latest luxury food trends, hyper-local food and its benefits, Seattle’s best-rated restaurants, and traditional Pacific Northwest cuisine. 


He also recently revealed his proposal for a brand new restaurant, coming next year. “It’ll be the perfect mix,” adds Cover, wrapping up, “of hearty, local and regional cuisine combined with fine dining in a cozy and comfortable environment.”


Award-winning chef Sam Cover’s all-new restaurant is set to open in Spokane, Washington, in early 2020.


Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, distinguished chef Sam Cover has made a name for himself working in kitchens across Spokane County and elsewhere in America, from Los Angeles to New York City, managing teams in some of the nation’s most highly regarded restaurants and hotels. With more than two decades of experience under his belt, the chef is known, in particular, for his fresh fish and seafood dishes.