CHEF HARRY “COACH” MILLS almost accidentally had a career in politics. That would have been a disaster. However, he did enjoy what he remembers about college. His first restaurant job was at the drive-thru window at a now defunct fast food restaurant. (He takes no credit for its demise.) His next step up in the culinary world was washing dishes, which eventually led to a degree at the Art Institute School of Culinary Arts. He graduated in ’97, worked as Sous Chef in several small European bistros where he learned the then obscure art of charcuterie. It was this specialized skill that earned him a faculty position at his alma mater, a position he held for seven years. A lifetime of wine enthusiasm made working at a wine focused restaurant appealing. His tenure at Purple Café and Wine Bar began in 2006. He has spent the last decade working with Chris Horn, which is clearly the highlight of his career. He lives in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle with his wife Kristin.

CHEF HARRY “COACH” MILLS almost accidentally had a career in politics. That would have been a disaster. However, he did enjoy what he remembers about college. His first restaurant job was at the drive-thru window at a now defunct fast food restaurant. (He takes no credit for its demise.) His next step up in the culinary world was washing dishes, which eventually led to a degree at the Art Institute School of Culinary Arts. He graduated in ’97, worked as Sous Chef in several small European bistros where he learned the then obscure art of charcuterie. It was this specialized skill that earned him a faculty position at his alma mater, a position he held for seven years. A lifetime of wine enthusiasm made working at a wine focused restaurant appealing. His tenure at Purple Café and Wine Bar began in 2006.


He has spent the last decade working with Chris Horn, which is clearly the highlight of his career.


He lives in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle with his wife Kristin.

CHRIS HORN was once the world’s greatest country club bus boy. Just ask him. His college days (Whitworth University) included many jugs of “Hearty Burgundy” and other alleged wine. Post college, having studied “English Writing” Horn went right back to bussing tables. After many years in this coveted position, he was finally allowed to interact with guests beyond clearing plates and filling water glasses. His resume includes a giant seafood restaurant and a giant Asian restaurant. A lifetime of wine enthusiasm made working at a wine focused restaurant appealing. His tenure at Purple Café and Wine Bar began in 2006. He has spent the last decade working with Harry Mills, which is clearly the highlight of his career. Chris was named the Washington State Wine Awards Sommelier of the Year as well as the Seattle Magazine Sommelier of the Year in 2015. He lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with his wife Keita and son Silas.

CHRIS HORN was once the world’s greatest country club bus boy. Just ask him. His college days (Whitworth University) included many jugs of “Hearty Burgundy” and other alleged wine. Post college, having studied “English Writing” Horn went right back to bussing tables. After many years in this coveted position, he was finally allowed to interact with guests beyond clearing plates and filling water glasses. His resume includes a giant seafood restaurant and a giant Asian restaurant. A lifetime of wine enthusiasm made working at a wine focused restaurant appealing. His tenure at Purple Café and Wine Bar began in 2006.


He has spent the last decade working with Harry Mills, which is clearly the highlight of his career. Chris was named the Washington State Wine Awards Sommelier of the Year as well as the Seattle Magazine Sommelier of the Year in 2015.


He lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with his wife Keita and son Silas.