Rising Star Chef Sarah Rich of Rich Table - Biography

San Francisco, CA

May 2013

One thing in particular defines Sarah Rich’s earliest culinary memories: her adoration for Julia Child. She recalls pretending to be Child while making a milkshake, walking her audience of siblings through the process, step-by-Child-accented-step. But it wasn’t until after she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin that the notion of cooking as a career began to take form. When Sarah stumbled upon the website for the French Culinary Institute, the light went on for good—she packed her bags and left the South for New York City.

After graduating from FCI in 2000, Sarah went directly to Bouley, where she had completed her externship. It was there she met future husband and business partner, Evan Rich. After their time together at Bouley, the couple continued to work in Manhattan for several years, Evan at the Japanese-focused Sumile and Sarah at Mas.

In 2007 the duo was ready for a change so they headed west and landed 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.