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Donna's Profile

Experience Summary

Personal Chef & former Farmers Market Manager; Wine & Spirits Tasting Rep; Condiment Brand Ambassador; Small Kitchen Appliance BA Some accomplishments include: - 4 recipes published in Jim Brickman’s (“The Romantic Piano Man”) "Welcome Home Cookbook – Favorite Recipes To Come Home To", a companion to his 2007 Homecoming Holiday CD - Local Cook/Chef feature column in the Southtown Star, February 2008 - Recognition for starting cooking demonstrations with the local produce at the Palos Heights Farmers Market in the Southtown Star, September, 2008 - One of four local chefs featured in a column on “10 Foods to Try Before You Die” in the Southtown Star, September, 2008 - One of four judges for the Southtown Star’s “Savvy Chef” contest held at Moraine Valley Community College on November 27, 2008 - Grand Prize Winner of the Southtown Star’s Holiday Cookie Contest, December, 2008 - Columnist in the Southtown Star's Food Section, December, 2008 thru March, 2009 - Named new Palos Heights Farmer's Market Manager, January, 2009 - ran thru Oct 2011 - Recipient of the President's Award by the Crestwood Chamber of Commerce for contributions to the Chamber and the community, June 9, 2009 - 5 recipes published in Jim Brickman's latest companion cookbook, "Beautiful World - Blending International Cuisine and All-American Home Cooking", November, 2009 Have been honored twice with a Mystery Shopper Award for great customer service/sales knowledge with Victoria's Secret & Wild Birds Unlimited. View my contact details, availability, and stats.

Experience

Other Experience

Extensive customer service training in both retail & service industries; excellent interpersonal, sales & supervisory skills

Skills

Other Skills

USPCA Personal Chef Certification 2012

Languages

First language: English

Extra Information

  • Assistant Event Manager

    In role as Admin. Asst or Office Manager assisted in planning of employee/company functions such as holiday parties, picnics, provided monthly motivational activities for several companies during my career

  • Brand Ambassador

    Demonstrated DeLonghi espresso machines & Kenwood small kitchen appliances & trained retail employees, performed cooking demos & sampled recipes; Represented Wild Birds Unlimited selling branded products/demonstrating various products at outside functions, i.e. nature centers, related business expos; As Chef for Heinekin Culinary Experience under hire by Cynthia Cook Inc./Chefs on Call cooking with beer & sampling (almost 2 years); As Chef/Demonstrator @ Carson, Pirie, Scott (2+ Yrs) for such products as Le Creuset, Rachael Ray, All-Clad, Calphalon, Anolon, KitchenAid, Fagor, Krups, Emerilware, Henckels, Paula Deen; Represent various wine & liquors for On the Rocks tastings - such as Sterling Vitners wines, Tyku, Southern Comfort, Pearl Vodka, Sailor Jerry's Rum, St. Brendan's Irish Cream, Mirassou, Ecco Domani, Starborough, Red Bicyclette, 99 Schnapps, Ghost Pines, Martin Codax, Da Vinci, Apothic, William Hill, New Amsterdam Gin & Vodka

  • Chef

    Carson, Pirie, Scott (2 yrs) chef/demonstrator utilizing houseware products & self-chosen recipes to highlight product; Sous Chef/Cooking Class asst./cooking demonstrator Williams-Sonoma (2 mos.); Personal Chef (10 yrs) - Dinners for 2, small dinner parties, cater corporate meetings; cooking lessons

  • Data Capture

    Fill out weekly reports online with stats from demos/samplings for several companies

  • Demonstration

    Conducted in store demos with Baby Cakes & Keurig @ Carson's; Tassimo & Keurig demos; As PBA/Trainer performed cooking demos on Kenwood small appliances @ high-end retailers showcasing products & recipes; Sous Chef/Cooking Class asst./cooking demnstrator Williams-Sonoma 2 mos.; 1 yr. 9 mos. Chefs on Call, Div. of Cynthia Cook Inc./Heineken Culinary Experience; 2yrs Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. Housewares/Kitchen Demonstration Chef; Cooking demostrations @ Farmers Market, 3 yrs.

  • Event Management

    Assistant/waitstaff for dinner parties, Cookin' 4 U PCS; Supervised 30-50 volunteers at 4-5 festivals/year for Lake Katherine Nature Center (President, non-profit 6 yrs); managed farmers market Palos Heights, IL (2009-2011) 15-18 vendors; Course in Event Management Planning @ Moraine Valley Community College

  • Exhibitions

    Personal Chef promotions at business expos; Sold Homemade Gourmet products at farmers markets, craft & Direct marketing vendor shows (4 yrs); Sold Dove Chocolate Discoveries' products @ farmers markets, craft/vendor shows (2 1/2 yrs); represented Homemade Gourmet, Wild Birds Unlimited & Dove at business expos as well

  • Greeter / Host(ess)

    7 mos. Victoria's Secret (greeter & sales); Admin. Asst/receptionist for software company, McKesson Prospective Health (4 1/2 yrs)

  • Hospitality

    Special Event Planner, Chef, Personal Chef, Cooking Demonstrator - see other entries

  • In Store Demonstrator

    Demo'd Baby Cakes machines, Keurig & Tassimo coffee machines; As Chef for Heinekin Culinary Experience under hire by Cynthia Cook Inc./Chefs on Call cooking with beer & sampling (almost 2 years); As Chef/Demonstrator @ Carson, Pirie, Scott (2 Yrs) for such products as Le Creuset, Rachael Ray, All-Clad, Calphalon, Anolon, KitchenAid, Fagor, Krups, Emerilware, Henckels, Paula Deen; Sous Chef/Cooking Class asst./cooking demonstrator Williams-Sonoma 2 mos.

  • Mall Events

    Represented several home-party companies' products @ craft/vendor shows

  • Modelling

    On the Rocks Models - wine & spirit tastings (8 yrs); On the Mark Demos (3 yrs)

  • Presenting

    Gave talks on birdwatching @ nature center, seniors' groups & women's clubs; Gave talks on the history of Chocolate presentation @ seniors' groups & women's clubs; trained retail store employees & culinary staff on how to use/cook with specialized kitchen appliances as brand ambassador/trainer; History & uses of tea presentation at chef conference/senior groups

  • Sales

    Travel Consultant (19 yrs.-9 yrs outside sales/10 own travel agency); Wild Birds Unlimited (8yrs) retail sales, trainer, asst. mgr.; Victoria's Secret (7 mos.) retail sales; Independent Consultant/Sales of Homemade Gourmet pre-packaged food products at farmers markets, craft & Direct Marketing Vendor shows; Carson, Pirie, Scott (4 1/2 yrs) Housewares sales/chef; Sell Homemade Gourmet products at farmers markets, craft & Direct marketing vendor shows 5 yrs; Sous Chef/Cooking Class asst./cooking demonstrator/kitchen sales Williams-Sonoma (2 mos); sell Dove Chocolate Discoveries @ farmers markets & craft/vendor shows (2 1/2 yrs.)

  • Sampling

    Sir Kensington's (condiments)(2 yrs) at Whole Foods, Marianos & Specialty/Health Food stores; On the Rocks - wine & spirit tastings (8 yrs); On the Mark Demos - Wine & Spirits (3 yrs); Chefs on Call (2 yrs) Heinekin Culinary Experience - all beers under distribution & food samples prepared with them; As Chef/Demonstrator @ Carson, Pirie, Scott (2 1/2 Yrs) sampled dishes prepared in various pots & pans and small appliances

  • Tradeshows / Conferences

    Personal Chef self promotions at business expos; Sold Homemade Gourmet products at farmers markets, craft & Direct marketing vendor shows; Promote farmers market at various State of IL. conferences; Promote Dove Chocolate Discoveries' products @ business expos & vendor shows.

  • Computer Skills (Advanced)

    Microsoft Office - Word, Excel, Publisher; type 55 wpm; Print Shop; Visio

  • Driving License

    Illinois, general

  • Food Service Certification

    State of Illinois Food Sanitation Manager # 01405758 Exp. 10/08/2017; National Registry of Food Safety Professionals Manager Certification # 20771783 Exp. 8/05/17

  • Own Car

    yes

  • Public Speaking

    Wild Birds Unlimited - gave talks on bird-feeding/bird-watching, demonstrated products to garden clubs, senior groups, nature centers; Dove Chocolate Discoveries - give talks on the History of Chocolate to senior/women groups; Cooking Demonstrations to senior/women groups, garden clubs and at farmers markets.

  • Qualifications

    Personal Chef – Undergraduate Program; Culinary Business Academy, Rio Rancho, NM; Graduated September 14, 2007. A.A.S., Business Administration/Small Business Management Option; Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL; G.P.A. 3.84; Graduated Magna Cum Laude, President’s List. Fall, 1994; Travel Careers Certificate, December, 1992; Small Business Development Certificate, Fall, 2001; Event Planning Management, February, 2005; Nutrition Certificate Program (NRA), May 2008.

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