Born in Washington, Jason Velasquez was raised with Filipino values and culturally influenced by the cuisine. While working as a dishwasher in a Japanese kitchen he had an opportunity to train as a Sushi Chef. His passion for creating food spurred his culinary career forward quickly. He has worked through several levels in the industry, opening Japanese and Sushi bars, a modern Korean style kitchen, Poke, and American/French style restaurants. He has worked in high-end restaurants to hole-in-the-wall establishments, from Vancouver, Canada to San Diego, California and previously the Executive Chef at Ikina in Capitol Hill. He has now landed on the team at Tamari Bar, Suika's newest Japanese sister restaurant on Pine.