Rising Star Chef Evan Rich of Rich Table - Biography

San Francisco, CA

May 2013

Evan Rich’s cooking career began with a car crash—at age 15, Evan totaled his parents’ car and wound up working as a dishwasher to pay down the damages. With the taste of restaurant workings fresh in his mind, Evan headed to the Culinary Institute of America, graduating in 2000 before moving to Manhattan. He began his career as a pastry assistant at the Austrian-inflected Danube, and eventually worked his way to executive sous chef at Bouley. It was during his time at Bouley where Rich met his future wife and business partner, Sarah. After Bouley, Evan continued to cook in Manhattan at the Japanese-focused Sumile.

In 2007, the now husband-and-wife team was ready for a change and headed west, landing in San Francisco, where Sarah took a sous chef position at Michael Mina while Evan worked as chef de cuisine at Quince. They moved on together to Coi, rounding out their skills and experience before opening their first venture together, Rich Table, in 2012.