Cate Smith, Director of Culinary Operations at Meriwether Godsey

Representation Matters

“If I wait for someone else to validate my existence, it will mean that I’m shortchanging myself.” (Zanele Muholi)

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Chef Cate joined MG in 2001 and has spent the last 20+ years of her career sharing her passion for nutritious food, mindful eating, and wellness practices. It is through these passions, that she has been instrumental in coaching, training, and developing our MG culinary talent. She has spent time in nearly every MG account, including some oldies and goodies of years past….Fishburne Military School, St. Anne’s Belfield, Covenant Woods, and Meriwether’s Market Restaurant just to name a few!

A native of Roanoke Virginia, Cate’s professional and personal experiences have ranged widely. She’s received both AAA Four and AAA Five Diamond Awards as a Chef, is a Certified Dietary Manager, has a love for all things outdoors and a deep passion for music, having studied Music Education at Shenandoah University in Winchester VA. Her instrument of choice is the violin and from time to time you can find Cate playing alongside her friends and other community members in what she defines as their personal ‘jam sessions’.

As Pride month comes to an end, Chef Cate leaves us with her personal thoughts and message for change… I‘ve never seen myself as a trailblazer or even an activist, but I have always felt that my place in the world no matter was I was doing, how I represented, what my choices were, or how I took up space on the planet was to make an easier path for those that follow. So many times, I have not been the loudest and proudest in the room, yet I have been focused on being my most authentic self. That’s why Pride Month is so important to me. It allows everyone to celebrate their authentic selves & to take time to honor and be grateful for all who have come before us and shared their authentic selves with the world, albeit some at extreme costs but each to make a better path forward for all LGBTQ spirits. “Be the change you wish to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi”

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When all… are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free. (President Barack Obama)

#pride_month #representation_matters #loveislove #lgbtq #youareloved

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Testimonials

Cooking from very early in the morning to late at night daily, having it be real food and fit everybody’s needs is very hard.
I feel very lucky to have such careful and caring chefs like you guys.
Student Foxcroft School
Student

The food is just incredible! I really mean it…I hope you know that I am not just saying this. It’s so colorful, fresh, and delicious…so special every day!”

Faculty Member 
Faculty Member

Just a note to say thank you for all of the delicious food you and your staff serve each day. I never knew kale could taste so good!

Administrator 
Administrator

Outstanding food, outstanding service, outstanding people. I brag about MG to my peers at other schools, and even to my friends and family!

Administrator 
Administrator

Thank you so much for all the gluten-free options this year! All of your staff have been so helpful. They make a point to come up to me at meals and let me know what options you have for that meal. Salads are great, but sometimes a warm meal is just what you need!

Faculty Member 
Faculty Member

Thanks for all of the good work you and your team did to ensure that last night’s welcome gathering for new faculty went off without a hitch. I’m so grateful for Team MG working so hard to make sure things are done the right way.

Head of School 
Head of School

I just want to thank you for always having such wonderful healthful choices that taste absolutely amazing! You have truly inspired my palate and given me new love for foods that were once far from comfort for me.

Guest 
Guest

Many times I find a favorite thing out of the many items served during lunch, and although the featured spinach and fruit salad was visually stunning; the SHOUT OUT winner of the day hands down was the very delicious unassuming Vegetarian Pinto Beans!!! The onions were glistening and the peppers served as a complimentary color to the two different shades of beans…I have one regret and that is I didn’t think to take a picture!

Administrator 
Administrator

Thank you for making pimento cheese today! It not only is divine, but also hit the spot. I now regret wasting 62.5 years of life on this planet in which I did not eat this heavenly mix. As I explore different recipes in my home kitchen I will try my best to live up to the standard demonstrated by what I had today.

Faculty Member 
Faculty Member

Everything was wonderful…as usual! The food was scrumptious…and the weather was gorgeous!

Conference Client 
Conference Client

I would not change a thing! Your staff was not only professional, but warm and caring. They truly set the tone for a memorable night. The food was delicious…our family and friends left with hearts and bellies full!

Catering Client 
Catering Client

Thanks for the delicious soup and the new harvest salad – and thanks for removing half the calories out of the Farm Basket brownie…haha.

Resident 
Resident

THANK YOU for your help today with the open house! Our visiting families raved about the personalized environment. We had a student tell us that Guilford went from his 3rd to 1st choice!

Administrator 
Administrator

Thank you for all of your hard work on the meals and breaks for the Alumnae Board. The food was outstanding; everyone raved about each meal. Favorites included the grits on Saturday morning and the butternut squash soup on Sunday. YUM!!!

Administrator 
Administrator