LA Chef Vartan Abgaryan’s first job

(Originally published December 28, 2014 on

Name: Vartan Abgaryan
Current position: [Formerly] Executive Chef, Cliff’s Edge 

What was your VERY first restaurant industry job?
VA: Baskin Robbins

How did you get this job?
VA: My brother worked there and got me the job when he left.

How old were you?
VA: I was 15 years old

What did you do?
VA: Scoop ice cream and make ice cream cakes

How long did you have this job?
VA: 3 years

Did your responsibilities evolve?
VA: Yes, started scooping ice cream and finished with making ice cream cakes

What did you take away from this job?
VA: Responsibility and 40 extra pounds LOL

If and how did your first job inspire you to pursue a career as a chef?
VA: It didn’t! I was always into food. I moved to Santa Barbara to go to college and started cooking for myself and just got completely captivated by it.

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