LA Chef Ori Menashe’s first job

(Originally published September 4, 2015 on

Name: Ori Menashe
Current Position: Owner and Chef of BESTIA Restaurant in DTLA.

What was your very first restaurant industry job?
OM: It was at a kosher restaurant off Pico Ave.

How did you get this job?
OM: It was a pretty easy process. I applied and got the job.

How old were you?
OM: I was 21 years old.

What did you do?
OM: I was a line cook.

How long did you have this job?
OM: I was at that business for one year.

Did your responsibilities evolve?
OM: Yes they did. There were not that many employees in the kitchen so I acquired a lot of responsibilities.

What did you take away from this job?
OM: To make sure I do opposite of what I learned there.

If and how did your first job inspire you to pursue a career as a chef?
OM: With this being my first job, it gave me doubts. I felt if all kitchens were run that way, it was not the right path for me. When I found my second job, I knew cooking was for me.

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