BOKA RESTAURANT + BAR at Hotel 1000 Announces New Executive Chef, Peter Birk

Peter Birk takes lead of the culinary team at downtown Seattle’s premier luxury destination

SEATTLE (April 13, 2012) – Hotel 1000, downtown Seattle’s premier luxury destination, announces Peter Birk as executive chef. In his position, Birk will oversee the culinary direction for BOKA RESTAURANT + BAR.

“We are fortunate to welcome Chef Peter Birk to BOKA, given his extensive expertise in the restaurant industry and solid reputation,” said Denny Fitzpatrick, general manager of Hotel 1000. “Our new BOKA menus will showcase Peter’s vision for the restaurant and will continue to incorporate Northwest product. I know Peter will become a strong leader in the kitchen, as well as in the hotel to ensure our ongoing goal to make every guest experience exceptional.”

Birk brings more than 31 years of culinary experience to his position at Hotel 1000. His career began in 1980 when he worked at his family owned business, Spring River Inn in Riverton, Kansas. Over the span of 12 years, he worked his way up the culinary chain, to become co-owner of the restaurant.

Most recently, Birk was the executive chef at Harborside. Prior to Harborside, he held the title of executive chef at Ray’s Boathouse in Seattle for five years after being promoted from chef de cuisine after six years. During his tenure he demonstrated an outstanding level of leadership and creativity in menu development and kitchen management and assisted in the grand opening. Over the duration of his career Birk has traveled extensively studying various cooking techniques and lead culinary teams of well-known restaurants throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as in Los Angeles, El Segundo, Bozeman and Kansas City.

Birk attended the Western Culinary Institute in Portland and interned. When he is not cooking, he enjoys volunteering his time to annual charitable events for South Seattle Community College, Auction of Washington Wines, FareStart, March of Dimes and Long Live the Kings.
“At BOKA our menus feature ingredients from local fishers, farmers and ranchers that are guided by the principles of sustainability. Our wine list features an eclectic selection of wines from around the world, with a focus on the Northwest,” said Peter Birk, executive chef, BOKA. “We strive to create, through food, beverage and service, an unforgettable experience in a beautifully designed, cozy and comfortable atmosphere.”

BOKA RESTAURANT+BAR is a vibrant, communal blend of lounge, bar and restaurant. Sleek, contemporary design is infused with a menu of urban American food, handcrafted cocktails, and a wine list reflecting a heavy Northwest influence. Meal services include breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, dinner, late night, weekend brunch and seasonal patio dining.

About Hotel 1000

Hotel 1000, open in downtown Seattle since June 26, 2006, features 120 luxury guest rooms, BOKA RESTAURANT + BAR, Spaahh and The Golf Club. At Hotel 1000, genuine, caring, personalized service enabled by leading-edge technology and intimate yet spectacular accommodations redefines the luxury experience. Hotel 1000 offers unexpected pleasures, distinctive amenities, anticipative service and a customized experience tailored to any occasion. Located at 1000 First Ave. at the corner of Madison Street, Hotel 1000 is steps away from the waterfront along Elliott Bay, and conveniently centered between Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, the business district and lively and historic Pioneer Square. For more information, please visit

About Benchmark Hospitality International

Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels. The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations. Benchmark’s international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. The company’s eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit


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