VCA Chefs - Where Are They Now

Virginia Chefs Association - Where Are They Now

Chef Caitie Maharg
Chef Caitie Maharg

Catherine "Caitie" Maharg (Paixao)

Caitie Maharg, C.S.C. graduated the ACFEF Apprenticeship Program in 2010 from Kingsmill Resort. She has moved on to Charlottesville, VA to work at places such as the legendary Keswick Hall, was Sous Chef at both James Madison University and University of Virginia, The Lodge At Old Trail, and the Executive Chef at Meriwether Godsey, and currently The Iris Inn. She will be leaving The Iris in May to pursue her own catering company full time, Blue Oregano, which she started last year. Her mission is to provide various services including cooking classes, which support local vendors, and help educate her clientele on the importance of keeping the business local, all while serving the highest quality products.

Caitie was named the Virginia Chefs Association Apprentice of the year in 2008. She received the Resort Food Executive Committee Apprentice Scholarship and was able to attend the RFEC conference at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in PA, and stage at the AAA five diamonds and Forbes 5 star rated restaurant Lautrec. She received a certificate of appreciation from the American Academy of Chefs upon graduation, and also participated in the first Virginia Chefs Association Alumni "Pass the Torch" Dinner, where she partnered with an underclassman to create and execute a course to raise money for future apprentices. In 2012 Caitie went on to take the next step by achieving her Certified Sous Chef Certification (CSC).

Caitie is very passionate about bringing awareness to childhood cancer and has volunteered as a camp counselor at Special Love-Camp Fantastic, where she helped organize some of the activities and also taught cooking classes for the young campers. This Camp is centered on providing a fun and liberating experience for kids fighting cancer, and the organization also established funds to provide emergency financial relief and postsecondary scholarships for teens who have participated in Special Love programs.

Caitie has gone on to as a participant in 3 food network cooking show competitions and was the winner of Guy's Grocery Games on the Food Network February 2015.

"Caitie is a Chef whose talents and passion reach well beyond what she does in a kitchen. She has taught me and so many others to be brave and fearless, but most importantly to fill up on love."
-Jacquelyn Shaddock, C.C.C.

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