Co-owner, chef, Aviary Restaurant
Katherine (Kat) Whitehead met Jasper Shen (Co- owner & Chef of Aviary) at 5 Ninth in New York City and then worked with him again at Provence where she was the lead line cook. She left Provence to help open Bar Milano and then completed her culinary experience in New York as the pastry chef/sous chef at Freemans. Together with Shen and Sarah Pliner (Co- owner & Chef of Aviary) , Whitehead made the cross-country move to Portland, Oregon to pursue their dream of opening their own restaurant.
After a short-lived business career at AIG, Whitehead realized she was drawn to the communal feeling in a kitchen and working with her hands. Now, as part of the opening team for Aviary, she is putting her voice and experience to the many details from design to menu. Whitehead has a culinary arts diploma from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts.