Cookdrop is the brain and foodchild of chef and founder Ashley Fahr. She started cooking at age 19, during an internship at America’s Test Kitchen in Brookline, MA. Although she could barely cook an egg when she started, she became enamored with food and cooking, and still is. The fact that no matter how much we learn, we’ll never know all there is to know in the great world of cooking, kept her hooked. She also loves France and speaking French, so after graduating college she traveled to the city of lights in order to get a Master’s from La Sorbonne. Ashley studied “Alimentation et Cultures Alimentaires,” or Food & Food Cultures. During her time living in France (and gaining 20+ pounds from eating foie gras, melty cheeses and baguettes), she worked under renowned pastry chef Pierre Herme, and iconic chef to Elle Magazine, Elisabeth Scotto (a marvel of a woman, and one of Ashley’s favorite chefs to this day and always).
Ashley then spent two years in New York where she worked in restaurants (l’Apicio), catering kitchens (Brooklyn Botanic Garden), and one of her favorite food places and spaces in New York, Haven’s Kitchen. A road trip up the coast of California in the summer of 2013 showed her how amazing the produce and weather in Southern California can be. She decided on the trip to start applying for jobs in Santa Monica. A quick google search for “best restaurants in LA” led her to Melisse restaurant, her first cooking job after moving west.
Most people in the industry will probably agree that restaurant cooks are underpaid and overworked, so she decided to try her hand at being a personal chef and caterer instead.
One thing led to another, and in searching for a larger kitchen to accommodate her growing business, she procured a space on the west side in Marina Del Rey. An unintentional business opportunity arose once people started renting out the space for their own production shoots, dinner parties, and off-site meetings. This seemed like such a good business opportunity that in March of 2019 Ashley opened up her second location in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles.
Life has been something of a dream and there are so many amazing people who have helped and are helping along the way. She has lots of lots of gratitude for it all.