Meet our Global Chef: Chef Paswan

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Join us on Monday, March 2 from 4-8pm for dinner and
Tuesday, March 3 from 11-2pm for lunch.

Picture1Raiyam is a fishing village with lots of big and small pound. Sanjay spent his early years playing Cricket, gardening with his father and helping his mother in the kitchen. He cooked all of his meals in his early years as his mother was not doing well. During this time he became fascinated with food and decided at the age of 18 to become a chef. His father did not agree with his wish to become a chef.

Sanjay has a unique skill for different local fish preparations. His professional career began as a kitchen operation trainee at hotel Holiday Inn Khajuraho. He attended the Institute of Hotel Management College Bhopal for three years. He won the Graduation Certificate of the Year competition in 1999. Because of his passion to learn different cuisines, he went to work in the metropolitan city, Mumbai. Sanjay joined the company called Joie de Vavre. The executive chef of Sadia Catering was in the city and visited the restaurant Tea Centre, where Sanjay worked, for a quick lunch. He was so impressed with his meal that he left his business contact detail and offered Sanjay a position with Sadia Catering.

Next, Sanjay joined Saudi Arabian airlines because he was passionate to see the world and many different cuisines and ingredients. Sanjay helped the catering division with its contract renewal for Air India, their highest revenue-generating client, by providing the best food presentation. He was appreciated by the catering management. Sanjay approached Chef Vineet Bhatia, a Michelin Star Indian chef, to ask for an opportunity to work with him. Sanjay had an interview followed by a trade test judged by Chef Vineet himself and was offered a position in Vineet’s new upcoming restaurant in Dubai. His restaurant was with a 5-star hotel, Grosvenor House, at a famous marina beach. This restaurant was awarded best new upcoming Indian restaurant in its very first year. Sanjay moved back to India and joined a very old and authentic kebab house in a 5-star hotel in south Mumbai. During his tenure, the restaurant bagged many different awards, mainly best kebab in south Mumbai, and best restaurant in Mumbai. Chef Vineet recognized the achievement of this restaurant and came to see it. While there, he came across Sanjay and Chef Vineet offered to help him open a new restaurant in Doha Qatar. Sanjay agreed to do so.

He worked day and night and opened the restaurant with the help of chef Vineet. Within a year, this restaurant was known to most of the Indian food lovers. In his tenure, the restaurant bagged best Indian Restaurant four times in a row. Being a stand-alone restaurant, most of the senior management from different hotels would visit here to sample the food. Sanjay made lots of good friends which gave him the opportunity to meet and work for Chef Garry Rhodes at Alila Diwa Goa, a luxury hotel. Once again, Spice Studio, a restaurant in the hotel, bagged the “Best Indian Restaurant” award in his tenure there.

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Mrs. Jean wins Regional Employee of the Month

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Each month at UAB Campus Restaurant employees are recognized by their peers and supervisors for their contributions daily with Exceptional Experience Cards. In addition to the Exceptional Experience Cards, The Sodexo Experience allows for employees who have gone above and beyond their call of duty (our superstars) to be nominated for a the Employee of the Month Award. Winners are recognized monthly at the district, region and division levels. Mrs. Jean has won the campus, district, and South East region employee of the month. Read her nomination below. 

Jean is looked upon by students as part of the family. She takes time to learn student's names and greets them by name when they come through the line. She inquires of their wellbeing and stays engaged in the conversations students have with her.

Students who are away from home have to feel a sense of "home" with jean because of the way she treats them. I think sometimes we overlook that quality Jean has. With that kind of personal touch Jean adds to her role, students are more comfortable with her and will likely return for repeat business. Her exemplary service to our students in the Commons is such a great face for UA Dining.

Jean has been employed with us since August 2010, and since then I don't believe she has been recognized for her qualities. Our staff who meets with the students face to face on a daily basis plays such an important role in keeping our image positive.

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