Betsy L., at our Mount Pleasant, SC location, is about to celebrate one year living in the Charleston area – followed shortly by her one year anniversary with us! After two decades in the reinsurance industry, she followed her passion for food to the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and kitchenware retail. We are so lucky to have her talents and warm personality on our team. Learn more about her below!
Q: Tell us your Kitchen & Company story.
A: I joined Kitchen & Company in October of 2016. My husband and I moved to South Carolina in August 2016 after living in the Boston area for a number of years. I’m a graduate of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (career change after 20+ years in the reinsurance industry) and was a Chef Instructor and Culinary Lead at a kitchenware store in Natick, MA. In moving to Mt. Pleasant, I wanted to continue working in the cooking community. I found the store one day while out and about getting to know the area, applied and was hired as seasonal help. I was asked to stay on after the holidays and am now one of the part-time managers in Mt. Pleasant.
Q: What is your favorite food to cook?
A: Being a culinary grad, it’s very difficult for me to pick just one type of food. I would probably have to say Italian is one of the cuisines I love most – it was my favorite section in culinary school. I have taught several fresh pasta classes and am always reminded how fun (and easy!) fresh pasta is to make. Much better than the good ole boxed variety!
Q: What is your favorite tool in the kitchen?
A: My favorite tool has to be my KitchenAid stand mixer. It was the first gift my husband gave me and is a machine I have used many times. Love using it for sweet and savory foods – am also a big fan of the pasta and meat grinding attachments.
Q: What is a fun fact no one would typically know about you?
A: I went to London, England for the second semester of my freshman year and didn’t come back for 11 years! I finished up my college degree over there and then worked at Lloyds of London placing reinsurance for large, US commercial companies.
Q: If you could have any person over for dinner, who would it be and what would you cook for them?
A: I would love to have dinner with Ina Garten. I love her story of how the Barefoot Contessa came to be – she had a busy career working in the White House and, to relax after long stressful days, she turned to cooking and entertaining. I’ve taught a number of Ina classes over the years and really love her relaxed approach to cooking – focusing on a few flavorful ingredients. I would make her a salad with warm goat cheese served with a French baguette, nice bottle of white wine and a Grand Marnier soufflé for dessert.
Q: Tell us about one of your favorite guest interactions.
A: One of my favorite guest interactions (there have been several) centers around the simple Ritz Window Cloth. I had recently returned from visiting my sister-in-law, who happens to be a cleaning goddess. She sent me home with one of these little cloths. It’s great! A customer walked in one day and showed some of the same cleaning “interests” as my sister-in-law, so I mentioned this little cloth to her and she bought one. About a week later, she walked in and I was standing at one of the registers and she came right over to tell me how much she loved it. So much that she was there to buy one for all of her friends and family. She bought out all of the cloths we had on display!
Bonus, a little love from her coworkers:
“I’m pretty sure Betsy is the most likable coworker in the Mt. Pleasant store, if not all of our company! If it’s a crazy day and I’m working with Betsy, it’s always so much easier. I look forward to every shift I get to work with her.”