Born and raised in Northern California, Marjorie Meek-Bradley started her illustrious career at the age of 17 at Ukiah Brewing Co., a certified organic restaurant. This experience helped her realize her love for the kitchen as well as helped shape her passion for local and organic ingredients. Chef Marjorie decided to perfect her culinary skills by attending The Restaurant School in Philadelphia. Once graduating from culinary school she worked at Thomas Keller’s renown NYC institution Per Se and then back to California to Bouchon located in Yountville, California. She was the first female chef ever hired there. Eventually she relocated to the DC area where she was fortunate to further her career under the guidance of Jose Andres at Zaytinya and Mike Isabella at Graffiato, both very well-known in the area. She worked her way up the ranks at Graffiato where she was in command of the kitchen. In 2013 she was hired to be the Executive Chef at Ripple. A year later she helped launch their sister restaurant, Roofers Union, in Adams Morgan.
Chef Marjorie has always incorporated local and seasonal ingredients in her ever-changing menus. She relies on many local farmers and of course Keany Produce to source many of the just harvested vegetables displayed in the numerous menu items featured within both restaurants. Her philosophy of treating ingredients with “respect” and utilizing every bit of these ingredients to their fullest potential is evidence of her devotion to sustainable cooking practices. She will gladly turn out a delicious soup made from “leftover” products than waste anything that comes into her kitchen.
Marjorie has been recognized as a semifinalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation and the Food and Wine Best New Chef awards and a contestant in the upcoming season of Bravo’s Top Chef; it is obvious that Chef Marjorie is incredible at what she does. While she is a very busy Chef, during her limited free time, she enjoys going out to dinner with friends and sampling the cooking skills of her fellow chefs in the area.
Stop by Ripple located at 3417 Connecticut Ave NW or Roofers Union in Adams-Morgan at 2446 18th St NW to sample some of Chef Marjorie’s delicious food! You’ll be glad you did!