Brian Canlis

Restaurateur

Seattle

Brian Canlis owns and operates Canlis, which has been in his family since his grandfather established the restaurant in 1950. But Canlis wasn’t always there helping run the family business. His education took him everywhere from New York to Austria, and Canlis joined the Air Force and lived in Alaska, Japan, Kyrgyzstan and Korea before landing his final assignment: leading an elite protocol squad that played host to world leaders and international heads of state. While he loved his Air Force One gig, Canlis returned home to Seattle to join his brother and take the reins of the family-owned restaurant. That was in 2005, and he remains a major player in the Seattle culinary scene. Canlis has appeared in everything from saluting the president on CNN to being a guest judge on Bravo TV’s Top Chef.