July Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds Woodside

Zack Lewis

Zack Lewis

Zack has been with us since October of 2014 and is not only a stand up young gentleman but an employee anyone would be lucky to have as part of their crew. He's extremely dependable and reliable, never saying no when it comes to helping out.  Whether it be coming in on one of his days off or picking up extra hours when someone calls in sick.

He is currently in University and still holds down a full time position with us, which is an amazing feat that not many would be able to endure. I understand how important his education is, and while he's with us I'll continue to mentor him as my Jr Sous Chef and watch him continue to grow with the Chef Inspired family. Congratulations Zack, very much deserved. 

Chef Ryan Faulkner

June Employee of the Month

Habaneros Woodside

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell

This is Brandon's second Employee of the Month award this year. He continues to shine and hone his skills in all areas. A proven valuable asset at Habaneros, excelling in daily prep, opening and customer service.

On top of Employee of the Month I'm proud to announce Brandon's promotion to assistant Manager of our Woodside Habaneros location. His hard work, dedication and teamwork is a big reason for his advancement, and I look forward to working with him in a management role now. Congratulations Brandon, well deserved Brandon!

Chef Ryan Faulkner

May Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds Burnside

Derek "Beater" Beaton

Derek "Beater" Beaton

Derek or “beater” as he’s better known, started working with us just over a year ago and has been a solid part-time kitchen attendant. Since then he’s moved up and also works the Cheese Curds front line and aboard our Cheese Curds Gourmet Dogs & Poutine food truck. During the past few months as we’ve swung into our busy season, Derek has really shown his worth and continually exceeds our expectations. 
 
Derek’s not intimidated to try other stations, is highly motivated and always seeking to learn more. Adding to his strong work ethic is his positive and humorous disposition, cracking jokes and keeping staff morale high. Great job Beater you're an awesome teammate, always keep smiling. A very well deserved May Employee of the Month award. 
 
Executive Chef Ronnie Lace
 

May Supervisor of the Month

Chef Inspired Catering

Chef Colton Mackie

This young man started with us the first few days before we launched our first Cheese Curds in Dartmouth. Colton began with the company fresh, but with a lot of cooking knowledge he was soon overseeing production for both Cheese Curds and Habaneros in Woodside. Very eager to move up, Colton was the obvious choice to open and manage our third Habaneros location on South Park St in Halifax. Off to a slow start, he came up with many great ideas and incentives to help put South Park St on the map and raise to the success it is today.

Just recently, moving on up again Colton assumed the position of Sous Chef in our rapidly growing catering department at our Burnside location. With that he’s also taken on a more involved role here with Cheese Curds and Truck-Side, from customer service to teaching and mentoring junior staff. All that makes him our choice for supervisor of the month. Congrats little man, Keep reaching for your goals. 
 
Executive Chef Ronnie Lace

May Employee of the Month

Habaneros Woodside

Tanya MacPhee

Tanya originally started at Cheese Curds in March of this year and only had a couple of training shifts before our busiest time of the year, Halifax Burger Week. She helped with the overflow of insurmountable prep work that goes along with Burger Week. I was so proud of her, myself having worked a lot of different places where someone gets thrown into situations like that in their second week, they usually end up quitting. Tanya relished in the role and was a huge help, demonstrating how strong she could be under that type of pressure. Which in turn allows me to push her a little harder and move her into different roles in the kitchen. 
 
With that being said, she is being moved to one of our daytime prep/opening positions at Habaneros this month. Tanya has a great smile and attitude, which is a valuable customer service asset, and at the same time keeps the moral of the kitchen upbeat. Congratulations and keep up the great work Tanya!
 

Chef Ryan Faulkner

April Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds/Truck-Side Burnside

Tim Lundrigan

I am very pleased to announce our April employee of the month at Cheese Curds & Truck-Side, Tim Lundrigan. He started with us almost a year ago as our full time morning kitchen attendant, and he is still solid rock in that position today. Tim’s eagerness to learn has earned him opportunities in cooking positions also, with helping out on the fish station, Gweilo, and now Sea-Hawgs.

And he continues to shine. His big smile and knowledge about almost everything has him searching for bigger achievements in the fall as he continues his schooling. Being that go to guy when we need something done, his willingness to learn, and a machine at fry chipping made it an easy pick for our employee of the month. Tim Lundrigan everybody... the myth, the machine, the legend.

Executive Chef Ronnie Lace
 

Congatualtions Tim, from all us at Truck-Side! 

April Supervisor of the Month

Habaneros South Park St.

Chef Jamie Sawler

You may know Jamie by his signature smile at Habaneros on South Park St., or maybe from his last recognition as employee of the month. This time, after taking over the South Park St. Head Chef position from myself, Jamie has once again stepped up to the plate, knocked another dinger out of the park and has earned himself the Supervisor of the Month award. 

With his diligence and dedication, always thinking about going the extra mile and often going two, Jamie continues to grow with our organization. His team of “Burrito Banditos” continues to shine under his lead and I have no doubts that he will find his own diamond in the rough to shape into his own image for the next step. Never stop learning, never stop teaching. 

Outstanding job, Jamie, Congratulations!

Chef Colton Mackie
 

April Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds Woodside

Marcus Cooper

Marcus was hired as our full time kitchen attendant this March, just over a week before our busiest time of the year... Halifax Burger Week!! I'm pretty sure he was glad that he had time to learn what he needed to do, as he was thrown to the wolves, so to say. I can't express enough how proud I am of him for the hard work and many hours that he put in. He made my life a little easier, for which I’m very grateful. 

Marcus has been a great addition to our Chef Inspired family. He’s a quick learner and goes the extra mile to make sure that our customers always come in to a clean restaurant, all the while with a big smile on his face. The staff really enjoys working with him, his positive attitude not only shows in his work ethic but it makes everyone around him happy and upbeat as well. Congratulations on a doing great job Marcus, this award is very much deserved!

Chef Ryan Faulkner

March Supervisor of the Month

Chef Inspired Group of Restaurants

Corporate Chef Kyle Christofferson

Chef Kyle - Always the character, having fun at work and keeping people motivated with his light heartiness humour. Don't be fooled by this, because when the restaurant gets crazy busy, his strong management attributes kick in and people resonate to his leadership and guidance under fire. 

During Halifax Burger Week both Chef Kyle and Chef Ronnie stepped up their games. Choosing the supervisor of the month came down to Chef Ronnie's respect for Kyle, and his dedication to ensuring the whole team was on the top of their game.

Chef Kyle is a friend and a peer that we all love in our organization, and I'm proud to announce this months award to such a deserving individual. Bravo Zulu Chef Kyle!


Chef Bill Pratt

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Congrats Chef Kyle, you're the best! 

March Employee of the Month

Truck-Side

Jason Awalt

Jason came to Burnside just a few months ago thoroughly trained from our Habaneros Woodside location, which is a huge asset for us during such a busy time. He is a quiet guy until you get to know him. A smooth operator, handles stressful situations well, and is great when it comes to customer service. And he’s very versatile, mastering the wok station at Gweilo and learning different stations in Truckside.

Burger Week was the busiest week we have ever seen and Jason rarely even took a break. He was one of the "go-to" guys for prep, extra hands on the line, or filling in on another station. He has really proved himself to be a valuable team player, and it's great having him on our team. Congratulations, and thank you for all your hard work Jason!
 

Corporate Chef Kyle Christofferson

March Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds Woodside

James Purdy

James has been with us now since September of 2014 and is another one of those employees that every Chef loves to have. I seem to have quite the crew down here in Woodside as each member plays such an important role on our team.

James came to us with cooking experience so it made things a bit easier, just needing to show him how we do things the Chef Inspired way. It didn't take him long to fit right in and start working all our stations on the line and proving his worth to our little team here in Woodside. He is one of the guys who does the little things that make my life easier; stocking up all the little portion cups, take out trays, straws, napkins and condiment station every shift might not seem like a big deal, but it only seems that way because they are always there when you need them.

James really stepped up a few weeks prior to Halifax Burger Week with helping out wherever he could by taking shifts on his days off when we needed the help or working a bit later here and there. That carried right into burger week where he was a rock star, and I couldn't be more proud of him. Congratulations James on a well deserved award!


Chef Ryan Faulkner
 

February Supervisor of the Month

Truck-Side - Gweilo

Josh Hanson

Josh is a tough act to follow. He really sets the tone in the kitchen, always busy, and is often referred to as "a machine".  

He can be found crushing the woks at Gweilo, stretching pizza in lil Eatily, frying fish at U-Pick-Fish, or on Grill at Cheese Curds. He's trained on nearly every station in the Chef Inspired Restaurants, and to say he's multitalented is an understatement.

He'll soon be an integral part of the opening of our newest eatery in Truck-Side, Sea-Hawg's East Coast BBQ.

Congratulations Josh, you've earned it once again!


Corporate Chef Kyle Christofferson

Congratulations Josh, from the gang at Truck-Side!

Congratulations Josh, from the gang at Truck-Side!

February Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds Burnside

Justin Farmer

Justin started here 5 years ago and was a large part of our huge success in Woodside and now in Burnside. He continues to be one of our key people with his outgoing personality and cheerful greetings at the cash. He's the kind of guy that every business should have and that we deserve.

His over-the-top customer service, willingness to learn as much as he can and teach others everything he knows are the main factors contributing to his continuing success here in Burnside. We love his can-do attitude and his strive for perfection. Justin not only works cash, he also helps with the closing duties and anytime anything is needed at any of the other restaurants. Justin is a positive motivator and a great team player, and we're looking forward to watching him continue to grow and move up within our organization. 

Congrats Justin!

Executive Chef Ronnie Lace
 

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Way to go Justin, well deserved. 

February Employee of the Month

Habaneros Woodside

Brandon Russell

Brandon joined us from our Burnside location nearly 2 years ago. He has proven himself as one our best openers and is a prep machine with great knife skills. That and his topnotch customer service is an unbeatable combination. 

Soon he will be making his way over to the Cheese Curds side of the operation to hone his abilities at working both restaurants. I look forward to seeing him showcase his skills and excellent customer service at Cheese Curds, as I prepare him for all the opportunities we have to offer him in the future.  

Congratulations and keep up the great work Brandon!


Chef Ryan Faulkner

January Employee of the Month

Truck-Side

Dolly Robson

Dolly started with us about eight months ago with great expectations of being a leader in the dish area, and she has exceeded with flying colours. Mastering the dish pit and dining area, she takes her job seriously and trains other employees the Dolly way. Working the dish room is her primary task, but you can always find her doing prep and helping out in any station she is needed. Her strong work ethic, beaming smile and cheerful disposition create a very positive work environment and atmosphere. A true team player with a great sense of humour.

A teacher, a mother, a friend to everyone makes Dolly our employee of the month for January. Keep pushing through and great things are awarded to people who work hard, Dolly is definitely proof of that. Congratulations Ms. Dolly!

Executive Chef Ronnie Lace

Well done Dolly, from gang at Truck-Side! 

January Supervisor of the Month

Cheese Curds Burnside

Michael "Dirk" Lombard originally started in Woodside as one of my star cooks on the grill. Perfecting his care for the food and the love for providing great customer service, he found himself transferred to open the new Burnside location and promoted to supervisor. 

Now chef of the Cheese Curds kitchen in Burnside with the added responsibility as our catering department chef. We’ve worked together side by side for a few years now, and he’s one of the guys I turn to when things need to get done, tackling whatever is thrown at him without a fuss. There isn't many people out there like Dirk, his demeanour and smile makes everyone feel welcome when they walk through our doors.

A great manager and even better person, Mike, "don't go changing". Congratulations, very much deserved. Starting the year off right with January's supervisor of the month.

Executive Chef Ronnie Lace
 

Chef Michael "Dirk" Lombard

Congrats Dirk, from all of us at Chef Inspired Group of Restaurants! 

Congrats Dirk, from all of us at Chef Inspired Group of Restaurants! 

January Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds Woodside

Morgan is one of our longtime employees, bringing her smile and very positive attitude to work everyday for the past 3½ years. Starting off at the till assisting customers with their orders, she was eager and motivated to learn all aspects of the restaurant and was quickly promoted to supervisor. Providing great customer service is still her passion, taking the time to describe the menu and our in house recipes to new and repeat customers alike. 

Taking the job seriously, Morgan also took on the responsibility as our Safety Rep, creating a safe work environment and ensuring that her co-workers are following proper safety guidelines. Congratulations Morgan, you’re very much deserving of January’s Employee of the Month award.

Chef Ryan Faulkner

Morgan MacDonald

Employee of the Year 2016

Executive Chef Ronnie Lace

Chef Ronnie has been with our company now for nearly 5 years and he continues to outshine, out work and out sing everyone in our company. Over the years, I’ve seen Ronnie grow from a senior cook into a superior leader and mentor of his subordinates. He coaches and mothers them like they’re his own kids, always trying to get the most out of them and pushing them to do better in order to succeed.

An employer's dream employee, he regularly puts the company ahead of his own needs, while looking for ways to improve service and reduce overall costs. Chef Ronnie has helped grow our company to where we are today through hard work and determination for us to be successful.

It’s my pleasure and honour to announce Chef Ronnie as our employee of the Year for 2016.

“GO MONTREAL GO”

Chef Bill Pratt

 

Executive Chef Ronnie Lace

Runner-up Employee of the Year 2016

Assistant Manager Colby Veinotte

Sous Chef Colby Veinotte

Sous Chef Colby Veinotte

Colby has worked in our company for over 4 years, growing from a counter server to the assistant manager position in our original Cheese Curds and Habaneros restaurants in Woodside.

It seems like yesterday this young man rolled into our lives on his skateboard as a kid fresh into the food service industry. And now, he’s managing one of the busiest Quick Service Restaurant (QSR), success stories Halifax has ever seen. Colby’s can-do attitude and willingness to take on any new challenge has helped him grow within our company. His supervisors regularly rely on him to fill in on short notice and to take on more leadership roles to help him get to the next supervisory level of running his own store one day.

Congratulations to Colby, as our Runner-up Employee of the Year 2016.

Chef Bill Pratt

November Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds Burnside

Deonte Reddick

Deonte has been working with the Chef Inspired team over 2 years now, starting as a kitchen porter in the dish area and general clean up of the restaurant. He has demonstrated great initiative and a keen interest in learning other kitchen stations, and is now fully trained on all stations in Cheese Curds and U-Pick-Fish.

Deonte has always been someone that can be depended on. Although quiet at times, he is focused, has a great sense of humour and is always very positive. A great attitude cannot be taught.. it can be nurtured, but it is ultimately up to the individual to take it upon themselves to create. 

We are very proud to have him on the team, and look forward to helping him sharpen his skills as a cook. Congratulations Deonte, you've worked hard, and we’re proud to award you employee of the month!

Chef Kyle Christofferson

Well done Deonte, from the gang at Truck-Side.