Cosme Restaurant Chef Daniela Soto-Innes on Being a Young Boss in the Kitchen

Screen Shot 2018-06-20 at 10.26.06 AM.pngCosme, 35 E 21st St, New York, NY 10010

“Chef Daniela Soto-Innes got her start in kitchens by lying about her age. She started working at restaurants at the age of 14, never revealing how young she really was. At age 23 she moved to New York City to open Cosme. Within two years of the restaurant’s opening, she was named the James Beard Rising Chef of the Year, and Cosme landed on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. She is now a partner at the restaurant, as well as at the team’s latest space, Atla. Here, she shares how she gets it all done.

I wake up around 7 or 8 a.m., and I do some kind of workout, whether running or cycling or yoga. After that, I go to work, and I kiss everyone on the cheek right when I come in to both of the restaurants. At Cosme I’m like the psychologist. Everybody wants to talk to me and tell me what happened while I was away, tell me which ovens broke. I always do service at Cosme at night. But that’s it, that’s all I do. It passes by very fast. I wish there were five more hours between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.”

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Fresh foods continue to drive in-store sales, report notes

“Fresh foods are driving 49% of dollar growth across fast-moving consumer goods categories at retail, according to a report from Nielsen. In all, fresh and perishable foods account for $177 billion in sales.

Although e-commerce sales continue to grow, Nielsen says companies looking for immediate growth opportunities shouldn’t ignore the perimeter of their stores, noting fresh and perishable foods generated sales nearly 14 times as high as all online food and beverage sales this year. The report suggests supermarkets looking to grow their fresh sales should look beyond a category-specific approach and take a more holistic view that leverages opportunities across the produce, bakery, deli and meat departments.”

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