5/14/2011--Lummi Island, WA, USA...Chef Blaine Wetzel of the Willow Inn greets the first customers to sit at the WIllow Inn restaurant on a busy Saturday night...Willows Inn, on the tiny San Juan island of Lummi, is about two hours from Seattle by car and ferry. Yet it is about to become a destination restaurant, thanks to its new chef, Blaine Wetzel. The 24-year-old, formerly the protégé of Rene Redzepi at Noma, the Copenhagen restaurant that was ranked the "best restaurant in the world" for 2010 by S. Pellegrino, took over the kitchen at Willows last year. The restaurant itself reopens in February; expect a menu with an obsessive focus on local ingredients, in the style of Noma. Since he was hired, Mr. Wetzel has been working with a farmer and an urchin diver who work solely for him. (SOURCE: NYT)...©2011 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.