Our Team of Chefs

Coho Restaurant team is pleased to announce our new culinary team – Chef Ryan, Tim and Jessica. As the saying goes the sum is greater than each of the parts. This powerhouse trio will increase the capacity of the restaurant. Each night they will present and execute a more intricate a la carte menu along with a weekly Chef’s Tasting menu. This will allow expanded hours and services while maintaining and strengthening the relationships with our local producers. Our chefs are supported by a team of prep and professional servers whose goal is to elevate the dining experience for our patrons.


Chef Ryan Lockhart

Chef Ryan started his culinary career working in kitchens of New Orleans while studying music and theater. His professional journey eventually landed him in Colorado where he developed a passion for locally sourced cuisine while volunteering on small farms and working at farm to table restaurants. He most recently held a kitchen position at a well known Vietnamese-Cajun restaurant in New Orleans. We are excited to see how this Asian and low country-southern influence will create interesting and inspiring fusion to his dishes.

During his short tenure in Friday Harbor he has fallen in love with San Juan Island. He continues to build upon and foster the strong relationships Coho Restaurant has with local farmers. He loves highlighting fresh ingredients and letting them be the star of a dish. In his hands, a simple warm yellow and purple fingerling salad is elevated with a fresh roasted tomato pesto. He is especially excited about the cornucopia of ingredients available in this region.

When he isn’t working in the kitchen, you will find him spending time with his dog, Billie, discovering new trails and dabbling in photography. There is also a good chance you might find him belting out a few verses during an open mic at one of the local bars.


Chef Tim Payne

Chef Tim’s passion is deep-rooted in farming. Having grown up in a farming family, he loves cultivating relationships with small farms and food purveyors to showcase local ingredients in his dishes. Whether it is an heirloom carrot, beautiful head of tender red lettuce, or a sweet onion, these ingredients, usually the sides, transform a dish, often making them the stars.

Prior to Coho Restaurant, Chef worked in several farm to table restaurants in Colorado. He was looking to move to a small community with lots of outdoor activities and a good food scene. After several vacations on Orcas Island, he realized that some day he would call San Juan Island home.

Once here Chef Tim wasted no time visiting the local farmer’s market forging new relationships with farmers in San Juan County and throughout the local region. Each day his kitchen is brimming with the bounty of the season. Chef loves the high quality of the produce and ingredients the farmers offer. He enjoys the seasonality of ingredients.

Chef Tim presented many wine, beer and farm dinners in Colorado and looks forward to continuing that tradition here at Coho Restaurant.

These collaborations yield an amazing synergy of food and drink. “It’s all about fresh ingredients, simple preparations and proper techniques. What makes food memorable is the combination of flavors and textures that contrast and complement each other.”

Chef Tim loves the great outdoors and on his days off you’ll find him jogging, hiking and biking, exploring the archipelago of his new home.


Pastry Chef Jessica Bryan

Jessica has been cooking ever since she could walk! When she was 18 and had her first job, naturally it had to be one where she could cook. Since then, she has attended a 2-year vegetarian and vegan culinary arts program.

Her passion includes providing individuals with healthy, tasty vegetarian and vegan options. Not only is she the pastry chef for Coho Restaurant, but she manages the Tucker House & Harrison House breakfast kitchen as well!

On her days off she spends ample time with her parents and sister discovering all the Islands have to offer. She has traveled to 11 different countries. Three of her trips were doing mission work and one was to spend a year in Italy going to school. To relax, she snuggles up with her cat, Wesley, and escapes into the pages of a good novel.

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