Jamie Ashworth is a prominent Boston-based chef known for her cutting-edge cuisine and experimental dishes. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Jamie spent seven years working in a five-star restaurant where she gained extensive industry experience in a fast-paced environment. As an advocate for environmental sustainability, Jamie’s dishes are primarily plant-based as she helping re-shape the culinary landscape. With the goal of one-day opening her own restaurant, Jamie continues to push boundaries. When she is not in the kitchen she also works as a local food and beverage consultant for several businesses in the Boston-area.
How have you achieved success?
After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, I was really nervous about locating a well-paying job that would provide me with the necessary experience to become a professional chef. Thankfully, I had some connections and I landed a position with a well-known five-star restaurant. It was there that I was able to really master my craft and understand what it takes to make it in this highly competitive industry. I am infinitely proud of how far I’ve come and I can’t wait to see what else I can achieve in the next ten years of my career.
What obstacles have you overcome in the process?
For me, I started out working in traditional French cuisine, however, as I learnt more about the industry and various food trends I began experimenting with plant-based dishes. Many individuals are skeptical when it comes to vegan or vegetarian food, but I also wanted to give that community a five-star restaurant experience without the use of animal products.
What drives you to succeed?
The thought of opening my very own restaurant is what drives me to succeed every morning. I have come so far in my career that I now know that anything is possible. I now have the necessary skills and expertise to successfully run a business. I am hoping to officially launch in 2023.
How has your definition of success changed over the years?
I think that when I first entered the industry my focus was mostly on memorizing menus and perfecting my skill set. I wanted to soak in as much knowledge as I could, as fast as I could. I took the time to learn from some of the best and I am so fortunate to have worked under various industry leaders. However, once I really found my footing and gained a sense of confidence in my work I was able to experiment more with different flavors and types of food. Now, I feel as though I can crate without limitations and it is very rewarding.
What has success meant to you?
Success to me is having the freedom to pursue your passions and having the confidence to believe in yourself. I am so fortunate to be where I am in my career and I am looking forward to my continued success. While I of course enjoy the financial freedoms that come with my job, I am more so appreciative of the fact that I am able to do what I love.
Do you have advice for others on how to be successful?
Never let inexperience or the fear of making a mistake keep you from giving it your all. I found that I really stayed inside the lines at the beginning of my career and I wish I had taken more risks. Confidence comes with experience but it’s also important to trust in your skills and strive to be the best version of yourself.