Chef Greg Fills the Stomachs and the Spirits of Windward - CulinArt Group

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Chef Greg Fills the Stomachs and the Spirits of Windward

June 6, 2017

Making lunch for over 600 people is a difficult job, but because of Chef Greg Jones’ experience cooking full-time for colleges and sports arenas, he has cracked the code of providing for huge masses of people, enjoying every step of the way. “I am the most happy when I am cooking for my friends and family, and putting a smile on their faces,” Chef Greg said. “I also get this same feeling when I see students enjoying my food.”

Chef Greg does acknowledge that catering for an entire community is a rather strenuous process. “Some employees get in at 6 a.m.,” he said. “I come in slightly earlier.” It takes about two hours to prepare the breakfast and lunch food, and employees are constantly restocking.

Greg has a handle on the masses of people coming in, but he does admit that managing the little storage space is difficult. “The quantity of the people is not a problem, but the storage is.”

Taking on the rush of the Pavilion is a daunting task, but Chef Greg, along with his co-worker Khan Sharafat, and the other employees make it smooth and efficient. Next time you are in the pavilion, make sure to appreciate Chef Greg’s appetite for culinary creativity.

Not only have Chef Greg and Khan learned how to manage the craziness of the pavilion over the past year, they also prioritize making food that they know the students and faculty will love. “I like to switch it up and shuffle the food items each week,” Khan said. “The most important thing to me is making the food [for which] the kids ask the most.” One of the things that make Greg’s methods so unique is that he never follows recipes!

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“Thank You for once again going above and beyond to ensure that our programs are a success. Your willingness to customize menus as well as provide your expert guidance to develop a well-rounded selection of offerings is what keeps us coming back! The food is always exceptional! Our programs would not be a success without the CulinArt team!”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“I would like to thank you and your staff for helping to make our Annual Holiday Party a Great Success.  You did an Amazing job from the décor, the food and the service you provided! I have heard nothing but great comments. As always, I enjoyed working with you and your team.”

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“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

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“The dinner I had tonight at Forman was not only the best meal I have had at Forman in the entire time I have been here, it was the best meal I can remember having anywhere in a long time. [It] was a restaurant quality meal, and it added to the enjoyment that the two young ladies serving me could not have been more charming. What an energizing way to finish a weekend eating a dinner like that.”

“The CulinArt team has been great to work with and has been super flexible. Having worked with other dining services at different institutions, having a dining team that is open to menu changes has been a great resource for our events. ”

“Thank you and your staff for all the care and thought you give CSW adults and students. You approach events with such care and elegance- I don’t know how you do it! Especially day after day. Please thank all your staff for their wonderful work and kind manner with all of us. Here is to a great year!”

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