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Wild Roots Pop-Up Chef Jason Aldous Will Lead the Kitchen at the Camano Island Inn

Which means his plans for a Seattle restaurant are kaput.

Jason Aldous
Jason Aldous
Jason Aldous

If you had the good fortune to snag a seat at Jason Aldous's incredibly popular (and short-lived) pop-up Wild Roots, consider yourself even luckier. Aldous told Eater he's accepted a job as Executive Chef at the Camano Island Inn and is moving away from his idea of opening a Seattle restaurant.

"I will be focusing my efforts in executing my vision there," Aldous says. "I was planning on heading to Seattle but through the pop ups I realized I want to be a bit more connected with nature and the farms that supply my menu. The Camano Island Inn is surrounded by nature and farmland. It has its own farm which I was able to source and sow the seeds for."

But as the former Willows Inn chef pointed out, Seattleites shouldn't be too sad about his change in plans: Camano Island is only about an hour from the city and doesn't require a ferry trip.

Aldous has plans to make some changes at the restaurant: "I'm in the process of transitioning from a la carte to a tasting menu format and will likely be offering a few dates with tasting menus this summer before the full change in the fall. There will definitely be contemporary and exciting elements on the menu before the format change and it will be worth the short trip."