Carmen Quagliata

Carmen Quagliata

Vice President of Business Development of Select Restaurants

There is an infinite number of possibilities that come from working with food, flavors, and a great team. The operational challenges that present themselves every day are what keep the job interesting and ever-changing.

Put yourself in a position where you are able to understand the realities of working in a kitchen before thinking about culinary school or committing to a career in the kitchen.
Don’t ever run out of lemons.
If you don’t get a thrill out of crisis management, you’re in the wrong business.
You’ve got to be a great follower before you can be a great leader.
Don’t be afraid to speak up to your Chef when you’ve got a good idea; even if you think it's not yet your place.
Never stop moving. If you are always in fourth gear, you will never need to go to the fifth. Fifth gear is where mistakes get made.

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