Being a chef was not Isaiah’s childhood dream. His first taste of cooking was in high school— to get out of algebra, he took a culinary track that eventually led him to San Francisco and a bachelors in hospitality and management. While at school, he worked at variety of restaurants, learning along the way about a range of styles and traditions. Isaiah worked with Marché chef Rocky Maselli at A16 in San Francisco and A16 Rockridge, and came to Eugene to continue that collaboration. He is inspired by his afro-caribbean background and hopes to open a restaurant in that spirit. “I want to be that sanctuary chef for people of color,” he says. At Marché, he leads on the line, offers consistently-sold-out cooking classes and has been a featured chef in the Blackboard Chef’s Showcase series.