Name: Carmen Colon
Snapchef Location: Worcester Office
Position: Cook

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

Since I was a teenager, I always loved to be in the kitchen and that is where I developed an interest in food. I loved trying out different foods to cook and using different fruits to decorate salads.

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

I decided to pursue a career in the culinary field when I started receiving positive feedback from relatives and friends. Having people around me to support my career change not only helped, but inspired me to try my best. 

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

Constantly trying new techniques has allowed me to grow within the industry.

How have friends and family reacted to your career choice?

My family and friends have always noticed that I had many skills in the kitchen.  They have been supportive and encouraging to me throughout my career.

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

I love to work at the salad bar. This allows me to show off my creative side using fruits and vegetables to decorate the plates. I always make sure that everything is neat and nicely prepared.

What’s your favorite comfort food?

My favorite comfort food is baked chicken with rice and beans. 

What is your favorite thing about working at Snapchef?

My favorite thing about working with Snapchef is that I get the opportunity to work at many different locations, gaining experience from every place I go. This allows me to gain skills that I continue to carry with me every day.

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

My advice to those who are interested in pursuing a career in the culinary field is to keep working hard and don’t give up! Every day you will learn something new that will help you grow even more in the culinary field. Never say you cannot do it, you have to be determined to work hard and anything is possible!

What are some of your other hobbies outside of cooking?

My other hobbies include interior decorating, I love to use my imagination. I also get to do this with baking and decorating cakes for the ones I love.