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Meet the Joy Maker: Kathryn Aka Kati Ochoa

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Kathryn (Left) with her lovely sister, April (Right) at the Ventura Marina celebrating Mother's Day

Joymaker MVP Employee of the Month for June 2024 Kathryn Ochoa is our first MVP Employee of the Month Joy Maker for 2024, opening the season with remarkable success and demonstrating excellence within our "Navy Seals of Hospitality" team. Kathryn consistently surpasses expectations in her role, showcasing a profound commitment to ensuring that each client's experience is nothing short of outstanding.

Her genuine and warm hospitality creates a welcoming atmosphere for both colleagues and clients, cultivating a sense of belonging and trust. Kathryn's unwavering work ethic and devoted approach to her responsibilities serve as a source of inspiration for the entire team, establishing a commendable standard for productivity and professionalism.

It comes as no surprise that Kathryn Ochoa stands as a shining example of an exceptional employee, and she unquestionably deserves this well-earned recognition as our MVP!

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Kathryn with her furry friend, Cooper

How long have you been a chef & where have you honed your skills? I went to culinary school at SBCC Though I have honed my skills at AH Juice Organics where the owners Deb and Alfred trained me to cook, craft, ferment, juice, and serve a diverse crowd of people.

What is the culture at Pure Joy?

I feel like the culture of Pure Joy is that of a kind that I'm familiar with. The culture of kindness, promptness, pleasing to clients, supporting local farmers, and cleanliness. The type of coordination within a team of staff that satisfies a growing need for compassion for a diverse working environment.

What do you contribute to events (beyond truly exceptional cuisine 😉?

I feel I contribute a leadership role to support the lead chefs and supervisors, as well as the whole catering team.

What’s your favorite part of your work?

My favorite part of the events is when we lock in like a team, get things done, and joke about what we have learned and what could be done better.

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Kathryn's delicious plates with her garden veggies

If you were a cocktail or food dish, what would you be and why?

I'm like a glass of wine. Well rounded with earthy notes. Not too sweet, somewhat dry, and still fruit-forward. 

What do you do for fun?

My passions are family, hiking, gardening, and cooking. Making food that is fresh and clean.

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Hiking trail in Ojai


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