Restaurant Recruitment | Hospitality Consulting

A boutique talent agency for the food and beverage service industry, restaurants and corporate hospitality groups.

Need front of house and back of house staffing?

Let us take it off your plate.™

Dining Room Manager

General Manager

Sous Chef

Restaurant Manager

What They're Saying

I met Kate at the height of the 2020 pandemic and she quickly helped me shift positions. She is incredibly knowledgeable, driven, and dedicated to what she does. I've continued to rely on Kate to help staff the restaurant she helped me become GM of. Overall a dream to work with.

Carl Bain

General Manager
Tuesday, March 30, 2021

I respect Kate as not only a recruiter who find great talent but as someone who understands clients and there needs and wants. She is smart, grounded, mature and well respected. I tried to hire her twice! She truly is an entrepreneur. I am thankful for knowing Kate.

Frank Marino

Recruiting Director
Saturday, June 13, 2020

Kate is exceptional. She worked diligently to get to know me and guide me through the entire interview process. She was dependable and easy to work with the whole way through. I would highly recommend her and The Plate Agency to anyone seeking a job in the hospitality industry.

Marilyn Morris

Director of Marketing
Thursday, June 4, 2020

comes to recruiting and hiring candidates. She has her hand on the pulse and provides expert insight/feedback throughout a candidate's interview process. Her personalized touch, via phone calls and e-mails, is very much appreciated and fosters an environment of comfort and effectiveness. It is evident that Kate is passionate about her line of work and truly wants to see both candidates and companies flourish.

Tiffany Kieu

Floor Manager, Umami Burger
Monday, September 23, 2019

Kate is an amazing force. Her true passion and knowledge for the recruiting field surpass many. Kate works in a personalized, organic fashion really understanding the clients' needs and the talent that is required for that company. Kate could run a large company but chooses to have an intimate setting to cater to the needs of her clients personally. I have often told her she should expand and grow to compete with the largest search firms. Whenever I need hard to find talent, I go to Kate. She has assisted me with some of the most difficult searches successfully. I highly recommend Kate and the plate agency.

Rebecca Faez

Director of Human Resources, Sherwood Country Club 

Thursday, September 12, 2019 

I have known Kate for over 2 years. She is now my "go to" for finding experienced and reliable talent for the hospitality industry. Kate is a great communicator, works extremely hard, a true professional, and someone that understands the business. Kate and the Plate Agency are the only options I use when I am looking for a manager or executive position.

Josh Hering

General Manager, Roku | Innovative Dining Group 

Sunday, June 30, 2019 

Working with Kate was such a pleasure. She was professional, sociable, and reliable. She not only took the time to get to know me but dug deeper into finding out what my goals and interest are to make sure she found the right fit job for me.

Isabella Brusamolino

Catering Coordinator, Alliance Hospitality Group 

Monday, June 24, 2019 

My experience working with Kate was exceptional. From initial contact until she successfully placed me into my role, she consistently supported me. Appreciate her honest and thoughtful help throughout my job hunt. Highly recommended.

Fay Varjavand

Staff Accountant, Artisanal Brewers Collective 

Monday, June 24, 2019 

Kate is extremely passionate, focused and driven about what she does. She's communicative when issues arise or when good news also arises.

Mindy Oh

Executive Chef, Mora Italiano 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 

Kate is one of the best! From learning who you are as an individual, chef & viewing the potential anyone of her clients has is amazing. I had the pleasure of working with Kate directly and it truly allowed to see her overall skill/experience. Understanding who you are representing is truly a hard task and Kate has represented fellow Chef’s and myself have been very successful in obtaining perfect positions for them! Highly recommend in properly selecting staff for any brand, venue, and concept.

Salvador Alvarez

Executive Sous Chef, Fox Restaurant Concepts 

Sunday, April 14, 2019 

I have known Kate Romoff for close to 5 years now, and I can honestly say she is a true professional. Her ability to find the right people for the right job is a special skill that she has mastered. Every client and candidate that have worked with her get the utmost care. She genuinely looks out for the best interests of everyone she comes in contact with. Her honesty, and reliability make her great to work with, and her ability to coach and give guidance is extremely impressive. While building The Plate Agency, she has definitely emerged as an industry leader. Keep up the good work Kate!

Seth Glassman

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 

Kate Romoff is one of the most driven recruiters I have worked with. She is thorough, precise and patient. She is not looking for her commission; she is looking to pair high quality candidates with the real get opportunity. Kate took time to figure out who I was; both as an operator and as a human with personal goals and dreams. Following placement, Kate follows up to make sure her clients are happy and comfortable with their decisions. She cares. I am grateful to have met Kate, because she is a diamond in the rough.

Bryan Barr

Area Operations Manager, Yard House 

Sunday, September 16, 2018 

Kate is a fantastic recruiter. She gave me tons of genuine personal attention. I was at a turning point in my career. I was looking for something different. Other recruiters were sending me out for corporate cookie cutter openings but Kate really listened to what I wanted, worked overtime for me and sent me out to companies that were a great fit.

Jesse McBride

F&B Director, Chateau Marmont 

Monday, October 30, 2017 

I first met Kate when she was working for the Chef Agency. She had just opened the L.A. office and had an enthusiasm unlike any other & all other recruiters that reach out to me on a daily basis. She was personable, interested in what I had to say & took the time to meet with me in person regardless if I was the correct fit for the role she was trying to fill at the time. I have watched her progress & with the launch of her new company was able to see how devoted she not only is the recruitment industry but her love for the culinary field and playing match maker as well.

Jason Fullilove

Executive Chef, Patina Restaurant Group 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 

Kate successfully placed me in a management position with a premier Southern California venue. Throughout the interview process, Kate offered constant communication and feedback. She excels in knowing her client's needs, and finding the right candidate to meet or exceed them. It was a pleasure working with Kate, and her hard work and dedication proves her success.

Maureen Bauer

Banquet Manager, Bel-Air Bay Club 

Monday, August 14, 2017 

The difference between working with Kate is the attention and dedication she puts into building relationships. A lot of people say they are there for you. Kate actually demonstrates it. Kate is truly a breath of fresh air. She is a industry leader consistently setting the standard.

Elbert Sanders


Friday, April 21, 2017 

What impressed me about Kate, was the effort she took in thoroughly evaluating me as a chef and manager. In this respect, she distinguished herself from many recruiters when she took great pains to get to know my strengths and singular abilities that separated me from my colleagues. In short, Kate, metaphorically speaking, was not trying to fit a square peg into a circular hole--not taking the generic interviewing strategy used by most recruiters. She made the effort to get to know me as a chef and took interest in identifying my different culinary styles. Kate also thoroughly inquired me on my financial capabilities, making sure I could deliver on food and labor costs, while also, having an extroverted nature of not only being a chef but a manager as well. She did her due diligence; and also inquired about my banquet capabilities and my abilities in working with and managing diverse personnel. I would strongly recommend any client or candidate to use her skills in matching the right personalities for a variety of hospitality roles.

Tony Baran

Intimate Dining and Catering 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017