Emme Ribeiro Collins was born in Salvador, Bahia - Brazil and moved to Seattle with her family in 1994, at the age six. In 1999, her parents opened Tempero do Brasil, Seattle’s first Brazilian restaurant. Emme grew up working at her family’s restaurant, as well as other restaurants in the Seattle area. 


In 2010, Emme participated in FOX’s MasterChef. Following her return home from Los Angeles, Emme enrolled into the prominent culinary program at Seattle Culinary Academy. During culinary school,  won various cooking competition, culinary scholarships and internship programs.  She graduated from SCA  as "Outstanding Culinarian” of her graduating class - voted by her Chef instructors. 


After culinary school, Emme traveled to Washington D.C. where she underwent an organic  internship at Restaurant Nora, America’s first certified organic restaurant. There, she worked under the tutelage of notable celebrity chef, Nora Pouillon, and her team and spent time working with  vendors and famers in Pennsylvania. When she returned to Seattle, she spent time working at several of Seattle's top restaurants and catering company. 


In 2013, Emme began working as a Private Chef to notable and celebrity clients in the Seattle area. Her work as a private chef soon evolved to the launch her boutique catering company, Chef Emme Catering Co. 


In 2017, her parents decided to close the doors to their iconic restaurant, Tempero do Brasil. Without hesitation, Emme took over the lease of her family's restaurant space and launched Alcove Dining Room.

 

Emme has appeared on Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen, FOX Network, New Day Northwest and Q13 Fox News. Her work has been featured on Food Network Online, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Met Bride and Groom, The New York Times, Seattle Weekly Blog, Examiner and Crave Local. Most recently, she was featured on Brazil's largest TV network, Globo, speaking about PNW cuisine.