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Brian Bates

Culinary Resource Coordinator at Central Market Mill Creek

Brian has a wealth of culinary experiences - he comes from a family of cooks (he and his two brothers are all professional chefs).
He grew up in Lakewood, and began his cooking career as a prep cook and dishwasher, learning the foundations of cooking and how to run a kitchen brigade.
He spent several years working different stations as well as apprenticing under head chefs - adding Embassy Suites Corp., Everett Pacific Hotel and Sahalee Country Club to his resume. He took over his first kitchen at the Tulalip Inn Hotel and Suites.
He considers being culinary coordinator at Central Market Mill Creek "an awesome opportunity to experiment with the best ingredients."
His favorite kind of cooking is New Orleans-style Southern cooking.


Grilled vegetables and a crisp, fruity rosé.

​Be sure to soak your planks for 30 to 60 minutes prior to use.

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Plank-Grilled Salmon


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  • 1 large untreated cedar or alder plank
  • 1 large or 2 small sides salmon (about 2-3 pounds), skin on
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Soak plank in water for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Brush salmon with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Heat grill to medium-high. Place plank on grill and cover for about 5 minutes, or until plank starts to smoke. Carefully transfer salmon onto plank, skin side down, and close grill. Reduce heat to medium, or push coals to edges of grill, keeping plank in center. Close grill and cook until just cooked through (15-25 minutes, depending on size of salmon). Remove from grill and serve immediately.

To make it your own, try topping the salmon with any of the following before grilling: Lemon slices and fresh dill, your favorite salmon rub, garlic butter or a light sprinkling of brown sugar. Note: Alternately, you can cook in a 325°F oven. Soak the plank as above and place it on a baking sheet. Preheat the plank for 5 minutes before baking the salmon.
Recipe from Central Market Mill Creek - Culinary Resource Center
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