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Meet Emily, Research and Development Manager at Giant Eagle & Chopped Contestant

This week's #TeamMemberTuesday is featuring Emily, Research and Development Manager and accomplished Chef, based out of our San Francisco location. Emily recently had the privilege of competing on the Food Network's "Chopped" cooking competition show!

Emily is no stranger to the Food Network spotlight. She was also a competitor on Guy's Grocery Games "Young Guns Showdown" Season 5, Episode 12, which aired in August 2015. Emily slayed her competition and ended up taking the win along with a $14K grand prize!

We are honored to have Emily as a part of our Giant Eagle family. In her role, Emily is responsible for the development and implementation of new food products and food service concepts in both manufacturing and our retail environments. She has taken part in creating the Great to Go meal kits, as well as some of the sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups you can find at our supermarket and GetGo locations. She also helps to develop recipes for the Giant Eagle website, such as the weekly meal plan.

Get to Know More About Emily Here

Tell us about your career path.

I was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA. Growing up, I dreamed of being a Food Writer. I worked in a restaurant for a year before attending the Culinary Institute of America, where I graduated in 2009. 

I spent 1.5 years working at Michelin Star Restaurant One Market as a Line Cook. After that, I worked at a Spanish/Mediterranean restaurant for about 2 years. I started on the cold line and worked my way up to the grill. Then I moved to Claudine, a French bistro style restaurant where I started as line cook and eventually became Head Chef.

After that I moved to Munchery as their Research and Development Chef for 2 years before I was hired at Giant Eagle in May 2018 as their Research and Development Manager.  

Where did you find your passion for food?

I’ve had a passion for food since I was 2 years old. My mom told me I would throw temper tantrums to watch Julia Child. I grew up cooking, going to the farmers market and obsessing over the Food Network. I loved to try new dishes at restaurants and try and recreate them at home. 

What is your favorite thing to cook or bake?

I love to cook Mediterranean style food. I’ve been perfecting my falafel recipe for many years!  

What is your favorite food?

It's hard to choose one, but I would have to say cheese – in any form, cheese plate, mac n cheese, queso dip! 

A "fun fact" about Emily:

I am a total plant lady! My San Francisco apartment is slowing turning into an indoor jungle. 

“I grew up cooking, going to the farmers market and obsessing over the Food Network.”
- Emily, Research and Development Manager

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