little bit about myself.
Love the restaurant industry.
Have been a line cook for 1 yr 3 mo.
Passionate about food.
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How did you get into the field? Were there people at home or in the business who inspired you?
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Thank you both for the warm welcome! :
I first started the field when i was 18 yrs old working at Wendy's fast food. I was a dishwasher at first then quickly moved up to taking orders, cleaning bathrooms & dining area. I also worked the drive thru windows when needed. I had worked every station except the hot line. Although it wasn't the most desired job, starting in those positions made me realize i wanted to work in the industry. From that job i went off to culinary school and progressed from there.
My family (cousins) inspired me to cook. Each year all of us would make from scratch biscuits, pies, breakfast sandwiches, rib dinners for a, arts festival each year at my church . There were many other vendors as well i loved it! The smell of homemade sweet potato pie and the scenery of older mothers putting love into this craft. This is what I had dreamed of doing myself.
My other inspirations are the four chefs who invested their time into me ( and other students) while i was enrolled in the culinary program in culinary school ( 2 of the 4 are pastry chefs ). All four of them cared about each students progress & did not hold back information when i asked questions.These chefs also were honest,down to earth, gave advice, encouragement, & were my mentors .I am very grateful for them.