Chef Rachael Harriman of Sou'Wester - Biography

Washington, DC

September 2010

With an impressive resume detailing experience in some of the world’s most notable restaurants, Rachael Harriman brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as chef de cuisine at Sou’Wester. A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, Harriman worked for acclaimed chef Thomas Keller for six years, rising through the ranks at The French Laundry and helping out with the opening of Per Se in 2005. Harriman also gained invaluable experience in Paris, working as chef de partie at the Michelin-starred Helen Darroze, and later at the celebrated Maison Blanche under Chefs Jacques and Laurent Pourcel. In 2006, Harriman was tapped by Chef Eric Ziebold to join his CityZen team as sous chef, and took the helm at Washington DC’s classic American restaurant Sou’Wester until 2011.