Our skilled professionals are the success of our program.

Being part of the school community is essential to our food service team in providing the best dining experience and customer service. Through understanding the taste of our diners, we enhance their daily food options and provide a comforting setting.

Building the best team for your community starts with our selective recruitment process to find the most talented professionals. Our staff is continually trained and educated with an emphasis on food, nutrition, allergen awareness, safety and sanitation.

All Managers, Chefs, and Sous Chefs are ServSafe certified by the American National Standards Institute and have successfully completed annual allergy awareness training through AllerTrain. 

Chef Manager Carla Whittle


Chef Carla has a B.S. in Nutrition, with a minor in Business Management from Syracuse University, as well as a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America. Her inspiration to become a chef comes from growing up in a large Italian family who gathered for traditional Sunday dinners. Carla learned a great deal about pastries early on because her grandfather owned a pastry shop. During and after her Syracuse days, Carla worked in a variety of restaurants and then traveled around Europe gathering inspiration.

Upon her return to the states, she enrolled at the CIA. Carla went on to become the chef/owner of the Bull’s Head Inn in Goshen, New York, a restaurant featured on the Food Network, before joining the Cater to You team. She has also worked for Cater to You as Chef Manager of Saint David’s School and Transition Chef at Immaculate Heart Academy. Carla loves cooking for students and faculty at Saint Hilda's and Saint Hugh's, and appreciates their positive comments. 

Her specialties include simple and basic dishes, classic in feeling and made with premium ingredients. She prepares her specialty dishes with careful attention to their appearance and, of course, taste. 

One of Carla's favorite foods is hot and crispy pizza with fresh tomato, mozzarella and basil. At home, she and her family grill everything. She resides with her four children in Campbell Hall, New York.

Sous Chef Patty Jacobson

Sous Chef Patty Jacobson has been an integral part of the culinary team at the Saint Hilda's and Saint Hugh's School since 2015.  Patty, a Wisconsin native, graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in political science and later received a culinary certificate from Saint Paul College in Minnesota. Patty's love of cooking comes from her mother, who passed along her extensive cooking and baking knowledge.

Before joining Cater to You, Patty worked her way through the culinary ranks and held various positions in both the front and back of the house including, prep and line cook, banquet chef, executive chef, catering director and director of operations.

Patty's specialty is baked goods. She makes homemade bread, pies, cookies, and other baked goods at home weekly. 

While Patty does not have a favorite food, she greatly enjoys Asian pulled pork, crème caramels and sea bass.

Patty loves coming to Saint Hilda's and Saint Hugh's every day because the community shares her appreciation for the uncompromising quality of each meal and the doting attention that goes into its preparation.

When Patty is not at Saint Hilda's and Saint Hugh's, she is exploring Manhattan's best restaurants with her son.