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Meet Ashley Fahr of Cookdrop Kitchen in Marina Del Rey and Downtown Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Fahr.

Ashley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I feel like I tell this story so many times, it’s become completely dissociated from my current reality. What feels real right now: I was in a deep sophomore slump at Cornell. During a particularly slumpy spring day, I decided I should spend the summer learning how to cook. I could not cook an egg before this time. It had its trials and tribulations (read: raw burgers and inedible salmon), but I caught the bug.

From that moment until this moment I still haven’t been able to scratch the itch, satisfy the hunger, or quench the thirst. I feel a deep need to learn everything I possibly can about cooking, and I think it will stay with me for the rest of my life. Let’s fast forward past a master’s in Food & Food Cultures from La Sorbonne in Paris, work at cooking schools, catering companies, and restaurants in New York City, to landing in Los Angeles six years ago to become a personal chef. My personal chef business expanded to become Cookdrop Kitchen, which includes catering services and cooking classes in both of our locations, one in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, and one in Marina Del Rey. We also rent both spaces out for private events, and I recently started hosting a pop-up dinner series at the downtown location, Food for Thought. It’s the bees knees!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Has anyone answered yes to it being a smooth road?! What I conveniently didn’t mention in my bio was getting cut first round from an episode of Chopped; periods of nonstop tears and fears over the future of my business; occasional burnouts; and the rare thought that if I could have just taken the road most traveled, I wouldn’t feel like I was putting my neck out on the line so much.

But, I’m working towards something greater than myself, something that will hopefully employ many food-loving friends and create a lasting impact on LA’s food landscape. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Please tell us about Cookdrop Kitchen.
Cookdrop Kitchen is a private food business that offers full-service catering, cooking classes, and private dinners in our two spaces: downtown Arts District and Marina Del Rey. Both spaces are also available to rent for photo shoots, cooking demos, off-site meetings, and special events.

We are most proud of our authenticity and willingness to adapt to changes in LA’s catering and private dining landscape.

Pure heart and love of the game – that’s what sets us apart!!

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would stop doubting myself. My gut instinct is usually the right instinct, and I should trust it.

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Image Credit:
Amy Holt, Andrew Kim

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