Angelo Mojica chosen as FoodService Director's FSD of the Year

Director of Food & Nutrition Services at UNC Hospitals is second consecutive FSD of the Year from healthcare.

March 5—Angelo Mojica, director of food & nutrition services at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, N.C., was named FoodService Director's 2012 FSD of the Year during the awards banquet at MenuDirections 2013 in Tampa, Fla. He was selected from the 12 FSDs of the Month from last year, by the magazine's editors, the FSD Advisory Board and 2011's FSDs of the Month.

"I have the best team," Mojica said as he accepted his award. "The staff believed in the idea of Restaurant Delivery even though nobody knew if it was going to work. We were working [crazy hours], and about the fourth day I sat them all down and told them we couldn't keep going [like that]. But they said, 'No, we need to. We're not ready to decrease shifts yet.' That's the kind of team I have."

Mojica has been the foodservice director at UNC Hospitals for the past seven years. During that time he has improved patient satisfaction dramatically, developed 13 self-branded retail concepts for his employee and visitor foodservice and melded the retail component into a room service program called Restaurant Delivery.

“Angelo has just one speed and he is always turned on,” says Shawn Dolan, UNC's executive chef. “He is a great driver for our department, always talking us up to our administrators. He encourages us to grow as a team and to stretch our abilities.”

The FSD of the Year award caps off an exciting couple of weeks for Mojica—he learned Feb. 22 that he had received the 2013 IFMA Silver Plate Award for healthcare.

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