The Career Refresh with Jill Griffin

From NYC’s Garment Center to Small Batch Chef and Baker with Ali Katz

May 16, 2023 Jill Griffin, Ali Katz Season 4 Episode 117
The Career Refresh with Jill Griffin
From NYC’s Garment Center to Small Batch Chef and Baker with Ali Katz
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Show Notes

Allison (aka Ali) Katz is the Owner, Small Batch Chef, and Baker of Ali Katz Kitchen in Mattituck, New York, on the North Fork of Long Island.

Ali started her career in New York City’s garment industry as a merchandiser for brands like The Gap, Perry Ellis, and Reebok. After September 11, she pivoted to the French Culinary Institute in New York City. Since graduation, Ali has worked at The Boathouse in New York’s Central Park and North Fork Table and Inn in Southold, NY. She’s freelanced in test kitchens around New York City and wrote and tested recipes for Hearst Magazines and Martha Stewart. She ultimately created her dream and launched Ali Katz Kitchen. In this episode, we discuss: 

  • Her journey from employee to unemployed, from student to business owner 
  • How she learned everything she needed to know without going to business school
  • How she managed her mind through the various career pivots
  • What it’s like to own a business and work with your spouse
  • The importance of community when launching a business

Show Guests: 

Ali Katz, is the Owner, Small Batch Chef and Baker, of Ali Katz Kitchen, in Mattituck, NY, on Long Island’s North Fork. After a career in the fashion industry, Ali decided to go to the French Culinary Institute in New York, NY, and in 2018 they launched Ali Katz Kitchen.

Ali Katz and her husband Fritz Beckmann have created Ali Katz Kitchen. They combine baked goods, healthy salads, and savory items, all with ingredients sourced from local farms, small businesses, vineyards & restaurants.

You can follow Ali on Instagram and order online - Ali Katz Kitchen ships.

Mentioned on the show:

Ali Katz Kitchen

Browder’s Birds

KK The Farm

Castello di Borghese Vineyard

North Fork Table and Inn

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