With a 13 plus years in the Food Service Industry, and a strong belief in public education when the public gets involved, I founded knowfood in 2016.  

Inspired by the dramatic results I observed during my time as a dedicated volunteer at the San Francisco based 826 Valencia I wanted to create a program that solved two problems: 1) the lack of talented, professional restaurant workers in the Seattle Area. 2) the lack of entry level career opportunities for those Seattle students not bound for post-secondary education. 

knowfood was my solution.

– Joe Rieke

Founding Executive Director




Please reach out – Joe@knowfoodsea.org – 206.351.6811