This is Dorothy. She is one of the newer additions and has made a great impact on our team. So much so, she is now our new Pastry Sous here at Waterbar. We're always excited when someone new comes in and thrives, and we couldn't be happier to have her. So, here we go with the questions........

Q: Where are you from?

A: New York City, Spanish Harlem to be exact.

Q: How'd you get into restaurants? What was the attraction?

A: I am an only child and my mom would take me out to restaurants when I was a kid. I fell in love with the atmosphere and figured out that I really wanted to be a cook by the time I was 10. Sure enough, right after high school I went straight to culinary school and haven't looked back since.

Q: How long have you been at Waterbar?

A: I started February 16th.

Q: What's been the biggest challenge doing what you do?

A: Trusting my instinct and learning to be a leader. 

Q: What's your best memory here? 

A: On Mother's Day all the pastry chefs got to create their own desserts and name them after their mother. I made a carrot cake for my mom which I make for her every year on her birthday, it was really special to me.

Q: What are you up to lately?

A: Outside of work I love arts and crafts and being creative. Right now I'm really into my photography and painting.

Q: Plans for the future? 

A: I moved to California about a year ago, so right now my plans include growing at Waterbar in the sous chef position and getting to know and explore California.

Q: What's a food you're looking forward to working with in the upcoming season?

A: As the fall season approaches, I'm really looking forward to working with Quince and Concord grapes.