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Employee Spotlight: Amber Welch

Snapchef Location: WORCESTER
Date: 12/1/17
Position: COOK

What experience in your life led to you interested in food and cooking?

From the start, I have always been interested in cooking. As I got older, I grabbed a firmer interested in the field. I had children and now I cook for them daily. This job increased my knowledge on food safety.

Describe the moment when you decided that you wanted to pursue a career in the culinary field.

While in high school, I was always interested in vocational high schools. Culinary was at the top of my list, but there was a 2-year waiting list. I couldn’t wait, so as soon as I got out of school I jumped right in and have been doing it ever since.

What challenges have you faced – and what obstacles have you had to overcome – to purse your career in the culinary field?

It was challenging because not having the background to get into the field created a sense of urgency for me to understand the nature of business and work as hard as I could to create a career in this field. In hopes to find benefit for not only benefit my family and I, but my employer as well. I started at Dunkin Donuts, where I learned the basics, and eventually moved up. In between, I took time off for my pregnancies. I then, found Snapchef, a company which gave me many opportunities I was scared I missed out on.

How have friends and family reacted to your career choice?

They have always been supportive. The people in my life have seen me in the beginning and where I was, to now, and where I am. They are thankful I found something that suits me so well.

What do you like most about working in a professional kitchen?

Working with chefs who have done and are doing new and different things everyday to ensure a consistent flow of variety. Ability to meet learn from those different chefs who have learned from other chefs before them.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

Chocolate chip cookies…it’s a problem!

What is your favorite thing about working at Snapchef?

When I found out about Snapchef, it was in my mind that they were simply another temporary agency. The management team has shown me it is MUCH more than that. I have been here for 1½ years, and it is by far the most helpful job I have ever had. I have learned so much, and not to mention my bosses are the best!

What is your advice to those interested in pursuing a career in the culinary field?

It can be tough. Remember, everything is a learning experience and it will come in handy one day or the other.

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