When you think of an Ethiopian Chef you probably imagine someone who solely cooks traditional Ethiopian dishes — injera, doro wat, or kitfo.
Well Chef Mulugeta Abate brings much more than just his Ethiopian background to the kitchen of his new downtown restaurant Lovage.
Blending traditional dishes from around the world, Abate has created his own line of fusion entrees that bring the flavors of distant cultures together.
Growing up in the restaurant business since he was 12 years old, Abate had always been exposed to traditional Ethiopian food. But after emigrating from Ethiopia, he followed his passion to learn about other cultures by immersing himself into the savory world of the culinary arts.
Self-described as a businessman, Abate has run several successful restaurants and cafes that have built his reputation in the Northwest as a fusion chef.
One of his most successful endeavors, Pan Africa Grill, blended his experience with Ethiopian dishes with his passion to master other African cuisines.
With his current restaurant, Lovage — specializing in raw and gluten-free bowls, Abate hopes to spin off a line of dishes that people can prepare within the comfort of their own homes.
As he redefines what it means to be an Ethiopian chef, he has come to the conclusion that food is to be reinvented and shared among friends and family. He says he hopes that others will learn from his methods and explore the world, one bite at a time.
“I AM ETHIOPIA” is a three part series that focuses on Ethiopian Americans in Seattle who are subverting misconceptions of Ethiopia and its people, and forming their own colorful and groundbreaking identities.