Confessions of Jenny Bucci

Jenny Bucci, general manager for Metz Culinary Management at Erie Insurance, Erie, Pa., wants to sing, can’t say no to veal chops and thinks value meals are overrated.

Q. What is the best part of your job?

Every day is different so it is impossible to get bored.

Q. What is the worst part of your job?

Nutritional analysis. Though I believe it is important, the complete process is very time-consuming.

Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Being a mom! I have two awesome kids.

Q. What is the most unusual foodservice/catering request you have ever received?

We once made cookies that were in the shape of toilets and plungers.

Q. If you weren't in foodservice what would you be doing?

I would love to have a giant bank account and vacation 365 days a year.

Q. Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to sing.

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To make more time to play in life.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

My sisters, Ellie and Shana. They both have demanding jobs and yet they make time to be athletic.

Q. What is your favorite meal?

Veal chops and crème brulée.

Q. What will people always find in your refrigerator?

Artichokes, yogurt, fresh fruits and veggies.

Q. What food fad do you wish had never started?

Artificial sweeteners and anything labeled diet.

Q. What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?

As a kid my lunch was always a peanut butter and mustard sandwich. I still love it today.

Q. What do you consider to be the most overrated foodservice trend?

Value meals. However, you have to have them.

Q. What are your words to live by?

“It can be done.”