Deborah Day, EarthRise Kitchen Manager, is a joyous leader and key member in our extraordinary culinary team. Trained at Bauman College, she follows its philosophy of SOUL (Seasonal, Organic, Unrefined, Local) food in planning meals and placing orders for fresh, quality ingredients. Inspired by her mentor, chef Shannon Hughes, as well as Bauman, Debbie’s culinary style is to prepare delicious dishes with five ingredients or less, and allow the quality ingredients to stand strongly on their own, with minimal fussing and intervention in the preparation process.
Debbie is responsible for menu planning, staffing, ordering food and supplies, and often serves as lead chef. Remaining committed to local, fresh, organic products, Debbie is constantly reviewing vendors, products, and costs to help the kitchen continue its outstanding reputation while remaining a cost effective operation.
While Debbie was growing up, her mother was always cooking. When Deb started college as an English major, her first job was in the dorm kitchen. That set the stage for her career in food service. She moved to Hawaii and spent five years in a natural foods store as the sweets & savory baker, working with pizza, breads, muffins, and cookies. This experience grounded her natural foods interest and instinct, and drew her back to the San Francisco Bay area to attend Bauman College... and on to EarthRise!