Customer Spotlight: Newman’s 988

Newman’s 988-Cannon Beach, Oregon

Corporate Chef:  John Newman

John Newman loved to cook from an early age.   “I started cooking at about the age 7.  Rice was my specialty.  I grew up in a single parent family, and with my mom working, I learned to cook young.”

John was born in Los Angeles, but moved around a lot as a youth, landing in Miami, Chicago, and New York.  He graduated from Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 1990

After spending a short time in Switzerland, John came back to the West Coast and landed a job at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco, where he worked for 3 years under the guidance of Celebrity Chef Ming Tsai.

While in California, John met & married his wife Sandy in 1992.  They just recently celebrated their 20th anniversary.

John & Sandy traveled north and checked out the Oregon & Washington coasts.  John, being an avid surfer, loved catching the waves in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

After a short time living and working in Pacific City, John was offered a job at with Martin Hospitality, out of Cannon Beach, OR.  John was appointed the job of Head Chef of the new, trendy and upscale Stephanie Inn in 1998.  John resided as the head chef for the next 8 years.  However, he had dreams of having his own restaurant….

He had his eye on a small Italian Restaurant in Downtown Cannon Beach.  After befriending the owner, who looked to sell the business, John’s dream came true.  Newman’s at 988 opened on Feb 6th 2005.  Newman’s at 988, specializes in French-Italian style cooking.

But that’s not all.  John has spent the past few years teaching and mentoring inspiring young chefs.  He has taught at the Job Corps center and is currently teaching a culinary arts class at Seaside High School.  “I love teaching the youth of today,” says John. “They are our Culinary Superstars of Tomorrow”.  John also recruits, and recommends the students that show the passion for the business…

When we asked John, “Why do you choose Ocean Beauty as your seafood purveyor?”  John said, “Lots of reasons.  I appreciate the quality and service that Ocean Beauty provides to my business.  I also like the fact that I can order and receive my product on the same day.  Ocean Beauty has a full line Sushi list available to me as well.”  This fits in perfectly with John’s new restaurant, “Fishes” Sushi and Japanese cuisine, opened in Cannon Beach in December 2011.

You would think John had his hands full, having two restaurants & teaching culinary arts classes, but NO…..John Newman’s wheels are always turning.  “I plan on traveling to Spain in the near future, to learn how to raise geese and ducks sustainably, to harvest Foie Gras.”

On top of it all, John is the champion of the 2011 North Coast Iron Chef competition.  “I will be defending my title this year.”  And Ocean Beauty will be there watching all the fun.  The 2012 North Coast Iron Chef competition will be held on November 13, 2012 at the Seaside Convention Center.

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