Queshaun Randall

Queshaun Randall has made an impact on foodservice by positively impacting team spirit and food quality due to his willingness to learn.

Details

Food Prep, Sodexo at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pirate City spring training facility, Bradenton, FL
Age: 22
Education: Two years of college in film production. “I had an assignment to tell a story through a film and that’s when I learned I was meant to be in the food industry.”
Years at organization: 6

Why Selected?

According to Vicki Beavens, general manager for dining services with Sodexo, Queshaun has made an impact on foodservice by:

  • Learning and following policies and procedures to provide a high level of service in order to keep customers and clients happy
  • Positively impacting team spirit and food quality due to his willingness to learn
  • Applying the skills and knowledge he possesses to provide great-tasting food, spot-on presentation and seamless service

Get to know

Q. What has been your proudest accomplishment?

Becoming an assistant chef.

Q. What would you say you excel at over more seasoned colleagues?

Reading and understanding recipes and how to treat the products and the appearance of the finished product.

Q. What's the best career advice you've been given?

To be attentive to HACCP, to keep the customer in mind, and to listen and learn in everything I do.

Q. What's been the biggest challenge you've had to overcome?

To find the drive to handle two jobs and keep food safety as a part of my everyday task. [Editor’s note: Randall works as a dishwasher at a different foodservice location as a second job.]

Q. What's been your most rewarding moment?

When I came to this position at Pirate City and was acknowledged for the skills I have and was able to put them to use.

Q. What would you like to accomplish in your career in the next two years?

I would like to go to culinary school. In the long term, my goal is to own my own restaurant.

Q. What's been your funniest on-the-job disaster?

One day I was taking out the trash and thought I would look cool and was swinging the bag to toss it into the dumpster and it broke open and garbage—kitchen garbage—flew all over me. An associate and I could do nothing but laugh.

Q. What can you look back at now and laugh at?

When I first started working in a mom-and-pop operation and the dishes were piled a mile high! I was a one-man band and remember feeling so frustrated. But I stuck it out and it is finally paying off.

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