Frank Magaña is an experienced Chef and Restaurateur. Having explored many culinary avenues in Washington State over the last 20 years or so, he has recently settled into a new position as Chef de Cuisine at the distinguished Falls Terrace Restaurant, located just outside Olympia
While residing in Tacoma, WA as a young man, Chef Magaña initially gained his culinary experience at many established local eateries and a long stretch at a catering company. Along with his wife and children, Chef Frank made a bold move in 2007 and took a chance on a small, WA Wine Country town where he made a fine reputation for himself with the opening of his Spanish, tapas-style restaurants; Picazo 717 (Prosser) and Picazo Wine Bar and Restaurant (Tri-Cities). Although the establishments closed late in 2011, Chef Frank was able to begin his next culinary adventure with an Executive Chef offer from the highly acclaimed Alexandria Nicole Cellars winery- further cultivating his love of wine and its ability to enhance the dining experience.
Chef Frank Magaña has received recognition from both the WA Wine Commission and WA Association of Wine Grape Growers for his culinary contributions to Washington’s wine industry. He is a well-liked and respected teacher- having taught regular cooking classes at La Maison in Yakima, WA. His ability to create beautiful, artistic plates and delicious, yet approachable cuisine has caught the attention of many a Washington food & wine blogger- Northwest Wine Anthem has declared Chef Magaña the “unofficial chef of Washington Wine Country”.
When you speak to Chef Frank Magaña of food, his excitement is unmistakable, obvious and written all over his face. His excitement is contagious. He speaks highly of all of the opportunities he was given to learn from exceptional chefs that love what they do and the art of food. Chef Magana is a lover of fine food and good wine and happily he shares this love with friends- old and new- and family.
Frank, his wife Tricia and their two children- son, Frank Jr. and Daughter, Mira- currently reside in Tacoma, WA