CHOPS Jobs, Inc. is a local culinary recruitment company for job seekers and employers in the food, beverage and hospitality industry. Our mission is to help local restaurants, hotels, bars & bakeries find qualified talent, equip job seekers with career and networking opportunities at these establishments, and provide a wealth of resources that will benefit both job seekers and employers in the culinary industry.
Our company values community, and believes that being immersed in the local food industry allows us to make strong connections between job seekers and employers.
Our vision is to become a one-stop-shop for culinary employment in the Orange County, Los Angeles, Inland Empire & San Diego areas.
Meet the Founder & CEO – Stacy Sato
Stacy Sato has been in the employment industry for 25+ years. She began her career in recruiting, and in the late 1990’s she founded Career Giant, the first career website for job seekers and employers in Hawaii. Through this venture, she built a solid reputation as an employment expert. She had her own weekly career column in Hawaii’s largest newspaper, The Honolulu Advertiser, organized large state-wide job fairs and was a sought-after speaker at many career events. As a result of her successful business, Sato was honored as one of the “Top Forty Under 40” leaders in the state of Hawaii in 2000.
In addition to recruiting, Sato also worked in education, having served as the Director of Career Services at a local career college in Anaheim, and eventually Campus Dean overseeing their newest campus in Lynwood. Her most recent role was Co-Owner at a local culinary school, which she helped launch at its inception.
She finally came full circle with the launch of CHOPS Jobs, Inc., utilizing her experience in recruiting and her passion for the local culinary industry. Sato says, “while working at the culinary school, many chefs and restaurant owners would tell me how difficult it is to find good talent. In addition, those wanting to become a cook didn’t have the connections or resources to get started. It was obvious that there needed to be a local employment resource to fill this gap.”
CHOPS began in Orange County, and will eventually expand to Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego, where many local restaurants have additional locations. Sato says, “we want to be known as a one-stop-shop for culinary employment in the local area”.
When Sato isn’t working, she’s eating. You’ll likely find her dining out at restaurants, playing home chef in her own kitchen, attending local food events or traveling to other countries on her annual foodie adventure trips. Connect with her at: [email protected].