Emme Ribeiro Collins
Born in Salvador, Bahia, Chef Emme Ribeiro Collins immigrated to Seattle with her family at the age of six. In 1999, her parents opened up Seattle’s’ first Brazilian restaurant. Chef Emme grew up working at her family’s restaurant, as well as other restaurants in the Seattle Area.
Chef Emme attended the Seattle Culinary Academy in 2010. While studying Culinary Arts, she won various cooking competition and culinary scholarships. She graduated from SCA as "Outstanding Culinarian” of her graduating class. After graduating culinary school, Chef Emme traveled to Washington, D.C., where she underwent an organic summer internship at Restaurant Nora, America’s first certified organic restaurant. There, she worked under the tutelage of celebrity chef Nora Pouillon and her team. When she returned to Seattle, Chef Emme spent time working at some of Seattle’s top restaurants and catering companies.
In 2013, Chef Emme began working as a Private Chef to singer Eddie Vedder and other high-profile clients in the Seattle area. Her work as a private chef soon evolved into launching her boutique catering company, Chef Emme Catering Co. She has catered hundreds of events from weddings and birthday celebrations to corporate events. In 2018, Chef Emme took over her family’s long-standing restaurant space and opened her first restaurant, Alcove. Alcove is a 32-seat restaurant with a concept inspired by Chef Emme’s Afro-Brazilian roots and Pacific Northwest upbringing.