Scout Somerville: Who’s Cookin’, Somerville’s Best Chefs 2016

Stuart Reiter came to the kitchen in a somewhat roundabout way. The vegan chef was studying mathematics in Oregon but quickly realized that cooking in his spare time helped keep him grounded—and offered a welcome respite from dining-hall dishes.

A vegetarian since 1991 (and a vegan since shortly thereafter), Reiter has been at Teele Square’s True Bistro since it opened in 2010. It’s long been a given to him that you can offer a fine dining experience without meat at the center of the plate. He studied under Chef Annie Somerville at the award-winning San Francisco vegetarian restaurant Greens and cooked his way through vegan eateries around the world. Having lived in a half-dozen different countries, he brings a global understanding to the True Bistro menu with outstanding plant-based dishes like seitan skewers with seared carrot-noodle cake, cucumber salad and a peanut satay sauce.

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