Kaspar Donier was born in Davos, Switzerland and began his career at age 16 as a chef apprentice at the Hilton Hotel in Zurich. He worked his way up the ladder as the commis rôtisseur at the five-star Suvretta House in St. Moritz, then as commis garde manger at the equally starred Beau Rivage in Lausanne. Hilton brought Chef Donier to Vancouver in 1976, then the Four Seasons in the same town, where he met his wife Nancy who was working in the same hotel. He finally was promoted to his first executive chef position at the Four Seasons Inn on the Park in Houston in 1986.
Kaspar and Nancy Donier felt that Seattle reflected their collective experiences in Zurich, Vancouver and Houston, so in 1989 they opened their first and only restaurant, Kaspar’s, in Seattle. In 1995, the Great Chefs television crew showed up to tape Chef Kaspar for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs – Great Cities television series. In July of 2005, they flipped their white table cloth restaurant to a farm-to-table special events and catering company. In 2015, they expanded their catering company to multiple locations.