In 2013, Sara once again returned to Spain to work at famed restaurant Asador Etxebarri. Here she gathered more appreciation for simple and locally sourced food as well as a different lens through which to see food. It is this experience that helped propel Sara into her first head chef position at Huxley in San Francisco where she garnered many accolades and awards, including 3 stars from the San Francisco Chronicle, Eater Young Guns, Zagat 30 under 30 and James Beard semi-finalist Rising Star Chef 2016 and 2017. In 2017, Chef Sara was named Rising Star Chef for the San Francisco Chronicle while working as chef de cuisine under Melissa Perello at one-michelin starred restaurant Octavia.
I really took a lot away from the experience, not just confidence in cooking, but in my whole life. There were a lot of things I saw more clearly. So when I left, I didn’t lose that momentum.16 August 2021