Erwin Schmit, foodservice director for Aramark at Grainger in Lake Forest, Ill., doesn’t get TV food programs, admires President Obama and has eaten octopus while it was still moving.
Being creative with culinary programs, catering and marketing to achieve the goals and commitments we’ve made to clients and customers at Grainger.
Being my own worst critic. If something doesn’t go as planned, I try to remember that tomorrow is another day and another opportunity to improve.
Being nominated twice for Aramark’s International Guest Chef program, six Midwest region Culinarian of the Year awards and being nominated to work with Charley Trotter at Trotters Restaurant.
Anything with musical instruments.
Being overly critical of myself and over thinking things.
Letting people down.
Homemade dressings, hot sauces and spicy peppers.
Deep frying everything.
Live octopus in Japan, cut up and served while still moving.
Way early morning person.
“Impossible is not a word, just a reason not to try.” It's hung above my desk.
The late 60s and early 70s. Things changed in a lot of ways then.
Being in one of those huts on the water in Tahiti.
My collection of 50,000 comics, from the 50s until 2000s.
In the past, Emeril and Charley Trotter, but I also have a lot of respect for what Jamie Oliver is doing.