SIMON BLANCO

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Work Experience
  • Cook

    1111 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. IL United States
    Nov. 2015 to Oct. 2016 (11 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Mastery of all Whole Foods policies and procedures, including delighting and surprising patrons
    • Oversee, monitor and execute hot bar, ensuring consistent food quality and safety according to Dept. of Health standards
    • Oversee, monitor and execute sandwich and pizza stations, properly executing all recipes
    • Properly set up, break down, clean and sanitize all stations and equipment using industry best practices

  • Chef Apprentice

    Center on Halsted - Silver Fork
    Jun. 2015 to Aug. 2015 (2 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Enrolled in competitive nine-week certificated job-readiness apprenticeship in the culinary arts
    • Intensive study in BOH, sanitation, employment leadership, customer service, and cultural awareness
    • Study and sit for ServSafe Manager sanitation and state of Illinois BASSET certifications
    • 175 hours of contact time with COH instructors and industry professionals in personnel, culinary skills, law and finance

  • General Manager

    Prana Café
    Apr. 2013 to Oct. 2014 (1 year and 6 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Hired and trained all employees, equally supervising both FOH and BOH teams
    • Oversaw all financial transactions, ensuring accurate audits, receipts, payroll, receivables and payables
    • Generated and approved menu items and recipes, creating signature dishes and rotating daily specials
    • Ensured strict compliance with regulatory sanitation requirements and industry best practices
    • Created welcoming environment and dining experience for diverse customer base

  • Dog Handler

    Bark Bark Club Pet Service
    Sep. 2008 to Apr. 2013 (4 years and 7 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    Chicago, IL
    Dog Handler
    • Daily oversaw the health and welfare of over 60 dogs comprising a diverse range of species and needs
    • Expanded customer base through impeccable customer service and dynamic web-based communications
    • Ensured sanitation met and exceeded statutory regulations and industry standards
    • Created appropriate indoor and outdoor environments and activities

  • Sales Associate

    Whitehall Jewelers
    Jan. 2005 to Oct. 2008 (3 years and 9 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    • Increased productivity through team building, incentive programs, and expanded core services such as jewelry repair
    • Mastered all financial transactions, including cash, credit, returns, exchanges, and special promotions
    • Maintained on-going industry expertise through professional development and independent labor market review
    • Actively listened to clients to successfully translate their ideas into final products tailored to their tastes and budget
    • Equally competent working autonomously or as part of sales team

Education
  • Business Administration
    Central University of Venezuela
    Aug. 1984 to Jan. 1986

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    Bachelors of Business Administration Degree

    Summary

    Central University of Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela
    Bachelors of Business Administration, 1986

Certifications & Courses
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager
    ServSafe National Restaurant Association
    Jul. 2015 to Jul. 2020
  • Food service Manager
    Chicago Department of Public Health
    Jul. 2015 to Jul. 2020
  • City of Chicago Sanitation Management
    Chicago Department Of Public Health
    Jul. 2015 to Jul. 2020
  • Illinois Beverage Alcohol Seller & server Education (BASSET)
    Prevention Partnership
    Aug. 2015 to Aug. 2018
  • Silver Fork Culinary Arts Apprenticeship
    Center on 3656 N Halsted
    Jun. 2015 to Aug. 2015
Organizations & Volunteer Activity
  • Volunteer

    Center on Halsted
    Volunteer • Mar. 2015 to Present
Languages
Spanish Fluent
English Fluent
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