Rosewood Caterers (April 2005 – Present)
I have been working at the Rosewood Caterers for seven years. In my sophomore year of high school, I was hired as a dishwasher. Through the years, I have worked my way up to Sous-Chef. As a Sous-Chef, I prepare hors d’oeuvres and entrees for weddings, corporate events, funerals, etc.—ranging from 50 to 300 guests. In addition, I provide quality customer service by addressing any inquiries/concerns regarding ingredients and/or means of food preparation. Due to allergies, medical conditions, and varying religious/cultural beliefs, handling these inquiries requires a great attention to detail. Working at Rosewood, has helped me develop both professionally and personally. I have built strong relationships with many of my past and present colleagues, many of which have watched me develop from an immature teenager to a professional adult. Most of my colleagues are working professionals who work at Rosewood part-time; this provides me with an amazing network of people who can attest to my rigorous work-ethic, first hand. I have all intentions of continuing to work part-time at Rosewood after graduation.
Elks Lodge #1896 (Summer 2006 & Summer 2007)
In the summer of 2006 and 2007, my friends and I rented a shore house in Wildwood, NJ. I worked at the Elks Lodge, as a line-cook for both of these summers. This was the first time I had worked a full-time job. Spending 50 hours a week with my kitchen manager allowed me to see every aspect of the business. I learned the importance of building good relationships not only with colleagues, but with customers, sales representatives, delivery personnel, and any other parties associated to the business. Seeing the food go from inventory, through preliminary preparation, back to inventory, through final preparation, finally expedited and delivered to the customer, showed me the benefits of well-organized systems and open lines of communication.
St. Bernard’s Church (June 2003 – June 2007)
I worked at my parish church through all four years of high school, as a sacristan. A sacristan is basically the “stage crew” for religious services—Sunday mass, baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc. I was opened and secured the church, before and after services, set-up all the necessary garments and ceremonial dishes, and handled any questions or concerns from parishioners, wedding parties, etc. On Sundays I needed to ensure that the collection money was safely delivered to the rectory, and I needed to make sure the altar servers were present and knew their position for that day.