Behind the Grind - Emilija, Senior Sous Chef at Exmouth Market Grind

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MEET EMILIJA OUR SENIOR SOUS CHEF AT
EXMOUTH MARKET GRIND

Hey Emilija, so tell us how long you’ve been at Grind and what do you do here?
I've been working at Grind for 5 months now, at our Exmouth Market and I am Senior Sous Chef.

Did you always want to be a Chef?
I always loved cooking! So when I moved to London I needed a job and saw an opportunity at a burger restaurant and joined as a line chef. I worked my way up to Head Chef and decided this was a career for me.

At Grind around 40% of our kitchen teams are women (#girlpower!), what do you think are the advantages of being a female chef?
Being a female chef is really hard at the beginning, but I think it's important to have females in the kitchen as it adds balance - plus we are definitely more organised and tidier as chefs! 

How do you think we could encourage more women into the cooking industry?
It’s a really great place to learn life skills - for example I’ve learned so much about being in a team and multitasking - all really valuable things for life. 

Let's talk food! What's your favourite dish on the Grind Menu right now?
Ribeye steak - I’m a huge fan of steak. And the pancakes to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Ok now a hard one, if you had to eat one cuisine for the rest of your life what would it be?
If I had to eat one cuisine it would be Thai food. I just love all the flavours and colours, it’s a very colourful cuisine.

Now back to you... What can we expect from you in the future?
I enjoy what I do, so hopefully growing with the company and maybe even one day becoming Head Chef…watch this space!

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Danielle Borrett