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Lisa Schroeder

Executive Chef and Owner of Mother's Bistro & Bar

AH!2016 Talk:


Lisa Schroeder is the executive chef and owner of Mother's Bistro & Bar in downtown Portland. She’s also the author of “Mother’s Best” cookbook, a mother, grandmother, and mother hen to over 50 employees. She changed careers at 33 and is living proof that following one's passion brings joy and success.

Lisa’s a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and was chosen as a Top Student Chef by Food and Wine Magazine. She honed her cooking skills at Le Cirque & Lespinasse in New York and Moulins des Mougins and L’Auberge de L’Eridan in France. She opened Mother’s Bistro & Bar in 2000 to rave reviews and the “Restaurant of the Year” title from Willamette Week.

Lisa has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, QVC and many other television programs. She is the recipient of the Oregon Commission for Women of Achievement Award, Portland Business Journal's Businesswoman of the Year award, IACP’s Chef/Restaurateur Award of Excellence and Restaurateur of the Year by Independent Restaurateur Magazine. Mother's Bistro & Bar has received numerous accolades as well, including "Top Restaurant Bargain" from Food and Wine Magazine, “Best Brunch" and “Best Comfort Food” by Urbanspoon, Tripadvisor, Citysearch and other websites. Lisa is also an active member of the community, participating in numerous charities and causes.

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