This Black History Month, we’re celebrating two leaders at The Capital Grille who were both recently promoted to Executive Chef Partner. Chef Caitlyn Nixon and Chef Wadiya Moore will lead their culinary teams to execute with precision and excellence while delivering superior team member and guest experiences.
“When I was younger, a teacher of mine told me that if someone is black or gay or a woman, then they’re screwed in this world. At that time I thought, ‘What is my life going to be?’ said Chef Caitlyn. “I wish I could go back and show that teacher how wrong he was. I’m out here making huge strides in my career, and I hope I can be an inspiration and show others that they can do it too.”
Chef Caitlyn started in the restaurant industry as a server, but she quickly fell in love with working in the kitchen. After accepting a role as a Sous Chef for The Capital Grille in Cherry Hill, NJ, she immediately knew it was the right place for her. With ongoing support from her Managing Partner and Executive Chef Partner, Caitlyn was able to strengthen her leadership skills and become an ECP at the Indianapolis restaurant.
Chef Wadiya always knew she wanted to be in the kitchen and started her career with The Capital Grille in 2005 as a Culinary Professional. After demonstrating excellence in her role, she was recognized as The Capital Grille’s “Team Member of the Year” in 2015 and eventually promoted to Sous Chef. Now, she oversees the kitchen as ECP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it’s been her dream since high school.
“When I found out about the promotion, I was absolutely ecstatic,” said Chef Wadiya. “Once the shock wore off, and I had a chance to call my husband, I took a stroll around the restaurant and simply savored the moment. We’re like a family here. Everyone was so happy for me. I was filled with joy sharing it with them.”
Chef Caitlyn and Chef Wadiya exemplify our commitment to advancing workplace diversity and providing pathways for growth. With 50-60% of all promotions into management being People of Color and/or women, Darden can provide a pathway for anyone to grow with the company.
“My leaders always build me up and help me to advance my career. I’m excited to now be in a position to teach aspiring chefs and be a great leader to them,” said Chef Wadiya.