Perhaps you’ve seen Bri behind the front desk, or in Donna’s Office helping her manage the salon’s marketing. Or maybe you’ve seen her on FOX’s MasterChef, where she was a season four contestant who ended up as one of the final six.
Before joining the RIAH team in December of 2015, Bri was a world-traveling chef, having visited 17 countries and cooking for high profile food-lovers such as Michelle Obama and Gordon Ramsay.
Get to know Bri:
This is the first question I get when people find out i’m a chef. Their response is always “umm…so what are you doing HERE?” Catering season slows down after New Years Eve and as much as I love being a private chef, I wanted to expand my work life out of the kitchen and into an environment where I could work on a team. When you work in a kitchen, it’s teamwork, yes, but it’s mostly individual. Everyone has their own stations and keep to themselves during the shift. I really enjoy working in a place where my constant interaction with my team members is necessary, as well as my interaction with clients. I still cook; I work for Jamie Hollander Catering Company as an assistant chef and write for Spoonful Magazine, but I’m too much of a people-person to not work in a social environment like RIAH!
“I think a lot of people take for granted the ability to work in a team environment, creating the desire to work harder, succeed more, and push others to be their best self every day.”
You describe yourself in one word? Passionate.
Your friends describe you in one word? Energetic.
The Clients describe you in one word? Helpful.
What are your favorite and least favorite parts about working at the front desk?
My favorite part is getting to know the workings of the salon as a whole. Although Donna is the owner and the brains of the whole operation, I like to think of the front desk as the neck that turns the head. It’s important that the front desk ladies know everything that’s going on in the salon and are constantly working to make sure things are running smoothly.
My least favorite part is not knowing all of the client’s name’s yet! Elena and Mia have been around so much longer than I have and I hate not being able to remember everyone’s name and what their regular services are, but i’m working on it! So if you see me at the front desk, say hi and introduce yourself if we haven’t officially met! I want to get to know everyone =]
What are your hopes for your career over the next five years?
I’m more of a “whichever way the wind blows” kind of girl, so it’s hard for me to plan that far in advance. I’m not specifically stuck to any one career; I want to learn as much as I possibly can and acquire as many new skills as possible. So I guess I’m just hoping to continue to grow, in whatever capacity life allows.
Favorite salon product?
DRY SHAMPOO. I seriously should be a spokesperson for this stuff–i’m obsessed. If I had to choose between all the brands in the salon (they’re all great), I’d pick EVO’s Water Killer. It’ll absorb any unwanted oil, extending the life of your shampoos for a few more days. Less shampooing = less damage to your locks. In addition to giving me that matte, clean finish, it gives my hair volume when I desperately need some (all the time). My hair gets SO flat in a matter of minutes, even if I blow it dry and this stuff is a lifesaver. I always carry the travel size around in my person for a pick-me-up throughout the day!
“Like a sofa that turns into a bed, or water-finding stick that you can throw to your dog, this two-in-one dry shampoo and styling powder will literally make your day.”
Available in full size or a travel size, it’s the perfect accessory that belongs in everyone’s bag. Stop by the salon to purchase, or give us a call at (215) 953-0622 to reserve one to take home from your next appointment!