Learn about some of the assistants to your favorite celebrity chefs on this HRN Community Sessions segment! Mariana Cotlear, former assistant to José Andres, sits down with Laura Ryan, assistant to chef Tom Colicchio, and Mandy Oser, former assistant to chef Eric Ripert. Learn how all of these women came to work for such high-profile chefs despite their different career paths. Find out how the world of food relates to subjects like law and politics. What is an average day like for a celebrity chef assistant? Listen in to find out why chefs are generally very charitable, and how camaraderie often leads to collaboration in the kitchen. Learn what aspects of the job are the most trying and challenging. Thanks to our sponsor, Hearst Ranch, and thanks to The California Honeydrops for today’s music!

“A big reason I didn’t end up in the kitchen is because I can’t do the same thing everyday.” [11:00] — Laura Ryan, assistant to Tom Colicchio

“My position is unique; you can take it to a lot of different areas in the industry.” [14:35] — Mandy Oser, former assistant to Eric Ripert