OUR TEAM

 
 
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William Kovel - Chef/owner

Kovel’s interest in food “sparked” at an early age and led him to travel in pursuit of delicious food.  A native of West Hartford, Connecticut, William Kovel received his degree in Culinary and Hospitality Studies at Southern New Hampshire University prior to moving to San Francisco where he was able to broaden his knowledge of cuisine and technique.  Kovel’s culinary career has brought him overseas to London and across the United States before he decided to settle in Boston...

        During Chef Kovel’s time in San Francisco, he secured an entry-level garde manger position and worked his way up to Chef de Partie where he learned from one of the best chefs in the country, Traci Des Jardins of Jardinière.

        Kovel came back to New England and being an admirer of Restaurateur Michael Schlow, he soon joined his team at Radius where he worked his way up to Sous Chef and helped run Schlow's flagship restaurant for three years.

        Before opening Catalyst, Kovel was in charge of the esteemed and award-winning restaurant, Aujourd'hui. When the Four Seasons announced that they would be shutting the doors of the Grande Dame of the Boston restaurant scene in June of 2009, Kovel was ready for a fresh start. His next focus brought him to his own restaurant, which he had spent over 2 years year planning and building.

        Kovel lives in Milton with his wife Sara, daughter Grace and sons Owen & Everett. His interests include reading, traveling and most importantly, fishing.

 
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Sara Kovel - Director of Private Events

Sara grew up in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. After graduating high school and working in restaurants and country clubs since the age of 14, she attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she majored in Psychology. After graduation she moved to Boston to attend Emerson College and pursue a Master’s degree in Marketing Communications.

        When she decided running focus groups and crunching numbers weren’t for her she picked up and moved to Palm Beach Florida. She landed a job at the esteemed Breakers Hotel as a Banquet Supervisor running Galas and Weddings and worked her way up into a Catering Sales Manager position.

        After a brief stint in NYC working for Abigail Kirsch Catering as a Sales Manager, she found herself back in Boston at the Four Seasons Hotel in the Catering Department as a Catering Sales Manager where she spent the last 5 years and met her husband William. Sara has planned thousands of events; both corporate and social; over the past 10 years.

        Sara lives in Milton with William, their daughter Grace and identical twin sons Owen & Everett. Sara is a voracious bookworm, enjoys yoga and running, but is happiest when at the beach with her family.

 

Caitlin Power - general manager

Caitlin grew up in Boston, however went to school in Western Massachusetts at Westfield State University for Business Management. She quickly came back to the Boston area and started her career as Assistant Manager at Catalyst Restaurant in 2013.

        Growing up, Caitlin had a very close family where eating dinner together was not only common, but expected. Seeing her mother cook most nights and bringing her family together for conversation was what brought her interest in food. Caitlin took her first job at a small restaurant in her home town where she worked several hours after school until she was made manager.

        Caitlin's addictions in life are caffeine and her Beagle, Bulldog mix named Layla. Caitlin also has a passion for travel having gone to Napa Valley to a few of our very familiar wine vineyards and traveling to Iceland. Her most recent endeavor was taking a trip to France. She enjoys experiencing what the world has to offer, but remains grounded and enjoys sharing her experiences with her team.

        Many of Catalyst's guests have gotten to know Caitlin since her arrival at Catalyst and her hard work and determination have been assets to the restaurant. She focuses on evaluating training systems, improving hospitality service and levels of ambience, and connecting with dining guests. She will never forget the reason she chose the industry and fell in love with restaurants for bringing people together.

 
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Maggie Couture - private event manager

        Maggie grew up in Western Massachusetts and learned the foundations of customer service and connecting with guests while working through high school and college as a restaurant server. After graduating from St. Anselm College with a degree in business she moved to Boston and began a career in finance and accounting.

        With a minor in French, Maggie was always drawn to the allure of France and traveled there frequently. She left Boston and moved to France for a year to teach English. Upon returning to the US, Maggie found herself in NYC, once again working in finance. Realizing this was not her calling, she packed up and moved back to France two years later. After a few months, Maggie returned to Western Mass and enrolled in a Meeting and Event Planning program at UMass Amherst. 

    With her newly gained knowledge of the events industry and motivation for more hands-on experience, Maggie connected with the owner of the event venue where she was working as a server and ended up in the sales office assisting with bookings and marketing and even planning a large corporate event. At the same time, she was the event coordinator for Twist, a semi-annual artisan craft fair in Northampton, Mass, planning and executing all aspects of the show with its founders.

        An opportunity in the travel industry brought Maggie back to Boston. Her role at American Express Travel taught her the value of a great relationship with clients and she has brought that with her to Catalyst. Maggie enjoys working with both corporate and social clients to help make their events successful. As a member of NACE (the National Association of Catering and Events) she attends meetings and events to continue learning about what is new and exciting in the industry and uses that knowledge to make events at Catalyst memorable and unique.

        Outside of work, Maggie enjoys the New York Times crossword puzzle, traveling, and playing roller derby.

 

Joshua Brooks - Chef de Cuisine

       Chef Joshua Brooks was born in Northampton and lived in Western Mass until moving Southwest Florida at the age of 12. He first entered the restaurant business at the tender age of 14 washing dishes and prepping for a local bbq restaurant in Naples, Fl. It was the beginning of a long running addiction to food service and hospitality.

      A life long musician, he studied audio engineering at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida,  while gaining front of the house restaurant experience as a server and bartender. He scored his first cooking job at Disney World’s Polynesian Resort, starting in a QSR before working his way up to a fine dining restaurant rotating meat, entremet, and hot apps stations. It was there that his passion for guest service really started to take shape.

     Looking for a change and longing for more seasonality, Joshua came home to Massachusetts and moved to Boston in 2011, where he attended Le Cordon Bleu Cambridge and opened Catalyst Restaurant as a cook. Always trying to pushing himself, Brooks left Catalyst after a year and a half to broaden his culinary horizons and spent the next 3 years working around Boston with stints at prominent restaurants such as Island Creek Oyster Bar, Sweet Cheeks Q, and Boston Chops. Joshua came back to Catalyst as a Sous Chef at the end of 2014 and was promoted to Chef de Cuisine roughly a year later.

     Following his father’s footsteps,  Brooks is a classically trained drummer and percussionist as well as a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist. Out of work you can generally find Brooks fishing, cooking, reading, hiking, kayaking, or playing his guitar somewhere.