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  • RACHEL ZELL
    Chef, Food Stylist, Caterer, Server
    Richmond, VA

    A fourth-generation Richmonder, Rachel Zell’s family was known for its business, Nathan's Custom Tailors. But Rachel had a passion for food. In her early twenties, she left Richmond to attend the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Rachel stayed in the Big Apple to work for Katy Sparks at Quilty's. After relocating to San Francisco for another opportunity, she returned to Richmond to do what she loves—at home. Rachel has served as a private chef for families in Richmond and New York and has done her share of catering. She's cooked at Patina Grill and Ipanema Café in her hometown. Today, in addition to cooking for clients and freelancing as a food stylist, Rachel also works as a server at The Roosevelt in Church Hill. She never set out with a specific career path in mind, only a mission: to connect with people through food.

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    Interview & photograph by Sara Wood, 2013
    Southern Foodways Alliance || www.southernfoodways.org
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