Sacha Levine of Rancho Pinot and FnB on What She's Got Planned for the Future and Why She Doesn't Like the Food Network
This is part two of our interview with Sacha Levine, former sous chef at FnB who now works at Rancho Pinot. She still makes time to help out her mentor Charleen Badman at the old spot and turns out her own line of pickles products, which are sold at Bodega. Monday, we got the whole story about how she landed a gig helping open FnB and got her best recommendation for food-related reading. Today, she dishes on what she's got planned down the line and shares the biggest different between male and female chefs.
Nikki Buchanan Sacha Levine at Rancho Pinot
This fall will be Levine's third season working at Rancho Pinot with chef Chrysa Robertson, another of the Valley's big-name female culinarians. But it's no accident that she's spent time under two of the city's most well-known and respected women chefs; Levine makes it a point to work with the best of the female culinary world. Last summer for example, Robertson helped get her a stage with Mozza, the restaurant group owned by California's famous baker and chef Nancy Silverton. And this summer, Badman sent her to New York City to stage at Prune under Gabrielle Hamilton, as well as at Anissa under Anita Lo.
Needless to say, this woman's got plenty of experience. But lucky for us, she's not planning on leaving the Valley anytime soon.
"I feel like it would be to my benefit to stay here," she says. "Because I know the market here and I know the food here and I know the food scene. And I feel like there's a lot of room to grow here -- and I hope we do grow. I want to be a part of that and I have been so far."
And though she doesn't sound like she's looking to set off on her own just yet, either, Levine does have an idea of what she'd like to do when she does: a sandwich shop.
"I just think a well-crafted sandwich is an art, it really is," she says. "And you can do so much with a sandwich. And there are so many sandwich shops -- and there are so many shitty sandwich shops."