The camaraderie among women in the kitchen is huge. We have to remember that we have to lift each other up and we have to bring each other into the limelight.
Raised in a dynamic Sicilian family who shares a passion for cooking, this week’s Dish’n Dames feature, Sasha Grumman, grew up watching, cooking, learning and creating in the kitchen. Her family helped ignite a passion in Sasha’s spirit for all things creative and culinary. She felt a calling to follow in her family’s footsteps and craft a career based upon her natural talents in the kitchen.
Sasha enrolled in a culinary program that began in NYC and continued in Italy for a six-month learning experience. After graduating at the top of her class, Sasha landed a job at Delfina Restaurant in San Francisco.
Her talent, dedication and work ethic opened the doors for her at top restaurants in the city. She worked in the best kitchens for well-respected chefs, including Melissa Perfit, Charles Phan, Chris Cosentino, Mourad Lahlou, and Ryan Pollnow.
Moving onto Los Angeles after six years, Sasha started hosting her own pop-ups through Feastly LA. Not long after, Bruce Kalman of Union restaurant took her under his wing as a mentor, and Sasha’s culinary leadership career began to take hold.
At Union, she started as a Sous Chef and soon thereafter she earned the title of Chef De Cuisine. She traveled the country for food and wine festivals, cooked at the James Beard House in NYC and met food industry legends during her adventures.
Still climbing to career heights, she made the decision to move to Austin and continues to excel, create, and learn alongside Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki — and couldn't be happier to be in Austin.