Following a creative writing degree from Western Washington University, Stuart enrolled at Bellingham Technical College where he graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts. In 2004, he left for Costigliole d’Asti to attend the Italian Culinary Institute in Piemonte. He later staged at the Hotel Monte del Re in Dozza Italy outside of Bologna.
Upon returning to the U.S. he worked at Cafe Juanita as a prep cook, pastaoli, and chef de cuisine. In 2010, Stuart joined Spinasse as co-sous chef. In 2015 he assumed the role of executive chef for Spinasse and sister bar and eatery, Artusi.