Q&A With Chef Cindy Rizzoli, R10 Social House In Redondo Beach
At the young age of 26, this female chef is making her mark. Chef Cindy Rizzoli of R10 Social House in Redondo Beach is breaking down the stereotypes and reinventing R10’s kitchen and menu. Her love for cooking led her into her first restaurant job as a barback — and her quick wit, determination and ability to learn quickly led her to the kitchen, cooking alongside the head chef. While attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Cindy worked for the previous White House Chef Walter Scheib, where she helped create dinners for hundreds of people and learned the creative ins and outs of the kitchen.
Now, she’s back in Southern California, cooking up R10’s awesome dishes in Redondo Beach’s King Harbor. The menu includes the delicious Heaven Hill Whiskey Loaf, Boardwalk Sprouts, and the Grand Stand Short Ribs. “Working in the South Bay has been such an honor and amazing experience,” Chef Cindy says. “I respect all the restaurants around me as I am inspired by they’re flavors and support. R10 is absolutely a home away from home to me.”
Chef Cindy was nice enough to answer a few questions for us. Check out the answers below.