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East Lansing's Executive Chef Edie Goik

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From leading the team on the sushi line, to the small tastes she delivers to guests at the sushi bar, Edie’s creative spirit and positive attitude shine in her each and every interaction.

We asked Edie a few questions about her job, how she got where she is and what motivates her each day. This is what she had to say:

Q: What is it that you love the most about Maru?

“Maru gave me a ton of opportunity when I first started and continues to every week.  This place really allowed me to discover and develop a passion I’ve had for most of my life: food and experimentation. On top of that, I get to expand on my creative energies every day! I’ve never worked for a company that puts as much into me as I into it.”

Q: How did you get where you are now?

“I needed change. I went out and took a chance to learn something I had a lot of passion for. My former head chef gave me a chance, hired me and I realized I was pretty good at what I was doing, so I practiced. I studied every damn day. It became important for me to develop my flow and I just kept learning and showing up with improvement.”

Q: As a woman head chef, do you have any advice for women starting out in a new career?

“Yes! Relentlessly pursue your goals. Understand why certain people give you push back and question them. Be contemplative and go out and make mistakes.”

Stop in to Maru East Lansing to say hi to Edie and ask her to make you one of her delicious chef appetizers – you’re tastebuds will thank you!