Chef Bio

Tori

Tori Mann took over the Chef position at Lola only two years after working as Sous Chef under her good friend, Chef Matt Fortner.  Prior to that, she worked the line for two years at Dahlia Lounge with Chef Brock Johnson. 

As a Seattle native, Tori grew up in West Seattle and headed to culinary school right out of high school.  After finishing her culinary training, she worked with some of Seattle's finest chefs, including Thierry Rautureau at Rover's and Philippe Thomelin at Olivar. 

Tori lives with her husband Branden and their young daughter Grace in West Seattle.  Tori and Branden cultivate a big vegetable garden and raise chickens.  They also enjoy fishing and other outdoor activities like mushroom foraging.  They go out to eat frequently so they can stay current on Seattle's vibrant restaurant scene.  She feels lucky to be around good food and in a good locale, and to be able to experience all that  a food focused life has to offer.