In 2014 I reached out to Chef Richard Landau of Vedge in Philadelphia, PA. I was hoping to apprentice under him and instead he offered me a job that I could not pass up. I sold my car, found new renters for my apartment, packed up all my things and my boyfriend and I headed out to the unknown of Philadelphia. My new job would be to work the line 50+ hours a week/5 days a week. I didn’t have much experience on a line, but I knew I would have to put in some time to gain as much knowledge from this 5 star restaurant as possible.
Before I even reached out to Richard Landau I first saw him on Food Networks, Chopped. There was a plant- based episode and he ended up winning it! My mother told me, “Cait, you are going to learn from this guy, I know it.” She said this almost 2 years ago and look where I am now. This just goes to show that if you put yourself out there and strive for what you want….it’s bound to happen. Since I have been there we were voted the #1 restaurant in Philadelphia by Zagat. I plate 6 desserts and over 7 dinner items per night for over 170 people plus 3 hours of prep before service. Its the most challenging job I have ever endured and very high pressured but all things are temporary and I will stick it out as long as I possibly can!