Stephen Pepe · Résumé de Cuisine

artistry and precision: poured, plated, and programmed



Chef · Barista
35° North · Santa Fe, NM

As one of few employees trained across all roles, my contribution was characterized by versatility, hard work, and an insatiable drive towards individual & institutional improvement.

Scratch Cooking & Baking
Beignets · Sandwiches · Salads · Sauces · Dressings · Meats · Quiche · Puff pastries · Biscotti · Cookies · Muffins du jour

Coffee Bar
Pourover · Espresso · Brewed coffee · Cold brew · Roasting · Tea · Scratch chai · Customer service · Cashier

You worked hard today.
You work hard every day.Kitchen Manageron my last day of work
This [area of the kitchen] looks better than it ever did since we opened.Senior Chefafter cleaning;
optimizing layout;
and reorganizing.

Quality Innovations
Create quick reference guides for kitchen and bar · Study portioning & preparation for improved consistency

Operational Streamlining
Optimize prep station layout · Develop pre-portioning strategies · Refine storage, documentation, and display

Waste Reduction
Build calculation tool to tune batch sizes to demand · Improve pastry sheet utilization · Optimize storage practices


Second Place
DC “Iron Tamper” Competition

With a dramatic flourish, the secret ingredients were unveiled: cloves, key lime juice… and kumquats. I and my teammate would have five minutes to invent an espresso drink utilizing one of these; we dared to integrate two. The judges were well pleased with the result, equally dramatic in flavor and presentation.

more kitchen creations ►

“I have never tasted such delicious help.”Foodie mother of two picky eaters, after a week of food-forward household assistance


Kitchen on Fire · Berkeley, CA

Knife Skills & Mis en Place
Completed three times, a requirement of the program. Knife skills: impeccable. Mis en place: applied in the kitchen and well beyond.

Basics of Cooking series
Stocks & Soups · Sauces · Saute & Stir Fry · Roasting & Broiling · Stewing, Braising, & Steaming · Grilling (Indoor & Out) · Frying, Searing, & Confit · Starches & Grains · Quickbreads · Yeast Breads · Iron Chef

Topical courses
Seasonal Vegetarian Cuisine · Quick & Healthy Entertaining · Farmers’ Market Fresh · Decadent Chocolate Desserts · A Chef’s New Year’s · Seafood Five Ways · Couples in the Kitchen: Romantic Meals · Elegant Vegetarian Holiday Meal · Advanced Breakfast Cookery · Pizza Making

Regional cuisines
Nigiri and Sushi · Southeast Asian Vegetarian · Vietnamese Cooking · Cuisine of New Zealand · Mediterranean Entertaining: Morocco & Tunisia; Greece & Turkey · Mediterranean Vegetarian · New American Cuisine · International One-Pot Meals · A Night in Sicily · Spanish Seafood · Advanced French Cuisine


Kitchen Minimal
& #LiquidImprov

In my own kitchen, I value inventive adaptability above all: the ability to serve attractive and delicious food and drink at a moment’s notice, with whatever’s in the fridge, on the bar, and in season. A useful skill in its own right, practicing such improvisation also hones culinary intuition and refines technique. Most recently, it is the drive behind an effort to research, develop, and document reliable yet memorable ‘minimalist master recipes’: the topic of a unique food blog and the foundation of future improvisation.

the Kitchen Minimal method ►

Engineered Execution

In the professional environment, it’s a different story: when consistency is key, artist must defer to engineer. Operational, analytical thinking are crucial for reliable, safe, efficient execution. Vastly different though the applications may be, this is precisely the motivation behind analytical tools like the Joint Expense Accounting Template and TMY3 Data Map. Whatever the venue, consistency and expediency do not happen by accident: they are the result of careful planning and preparation.

analytical systems ►


M.S. Mechanical Engineering2007
University of California, Berkeley

Sc.B. Mechanical Engineering2005
Brown University


Artisan Analysis / Engineered Explorations2015+
Freelance Consulting · Calculation Tools · Culinary Research · Applied Cartography

Nexant, Inc.2009-2014
Associate Project Manager · Senior Energy Engineer · Safety Officer · Cross-Departmental Technical Tool Developer

details on LinkedIn ►