Marin employers in the culinary and hospitality sector came together at a job fair that was hosted by Fresh Starts Culinary Academy and the Marin Employment Connection (MEC). Community business partners included: High Tech Burrito, Embassy Suites, Safeway, Denny’s, Villa Marin, Congregation Kol Shofar, Nordstrom, and MetWest Terra.
The event, held at the Key Center at Homeward Bound, brought together several recruiters and 35 motivated culinary job seekers to discuss employment opportunities and career paths.
Culinary job seekers included chefs, prep cooks, food handlers, and dishwashers from across the county. Job opportunities included everything related to food service from dishwashers to managers.
Chef Ken Seidle and CEO Tom Bucci of Villa Marin shared their experiences working in a unique community environment that provides superior food and outstanding guest service to a residential senior population that expects a high quality product.
Kyle Szilagyi, HR coordinator and Jodi Lopez, regional HR director of MetWest Terra shared great local and regional opportunities that included employment locations in Tiburon, Sausalito, San Francisco, Los Gatos and beyond with a full range of positions including restaurant managers, line cooks, sous chefs and dishwashers. Szilagyi and Lopez emphasized the great opportunities and potential to grow within the organization – particularly the ability to transition among a variety of positions and properties. Successful matches were made at the job fair for MetWest Terra. One candidate is already onboard and another is in the hiring process.
Allison Manning, HR director of Embassy Suites showcased the benefits of joining the Hilton Family and working in Marin. Manning shared culinary opportunities for line cooks, food handlers, and other support staff. Manning also spoke to several participants about career paths with growth potential and has subsequently hired two job fair attendees.
Wasting no time at all, Claudia Dubon, employment representative at Safeway, quickly scooped up a new great employee by touting the good pay and benefits of being a community staff member. As a longtime partner with the MEC, Safeway has helped several job seekers as they enter or re-enter the workforce.
What was clear from the job fair was that our local businesses are yearning for career-Oriented people who are eager to display their talents and challenge themselves. At the same time, job seekers were thrilled that local business not only had jobs available, but also had an array of senior professionals available to discuss their organization first hand.