With over 35 years of food service experience, Victor began his career on an aircraft carrier after attending culinary school through the U.S. Navy. He worked in a variety of settings such as Top of the Hub, Atlanta Catering Co. and Simmons College before joining the PantherDining family in 2013.
Helen joined the PantherDining family as a cook in 2011. After a few years, she was promoted to sous chef, and now serves as executive chef. She trained in London under several executive chefs after graduating with a degree in Culinary Arts from Southgate College.
George joined the PantherDining family in 2014 as a cook and slowly worked his way through the ranks to sous chef. Prior to Georgia State, he owned and operated Heaven’s Bread Bakery. Biking, swimming, basketball and reading are just some of George’s hobbies outside of work.
An Iowa native, Kara has worked in collegiate dining for almost ten years and joined the PantherDining family in 2018. In her free time, you can find Kara watching the Packers in the fall or attending Major League Baseball games in the summer.
Passionate and driven, Houston has over a decade of restaurant and hospitality experience. He joined the PantherDining family as a supervisor in 2011, before being named as a dining hall manager in 2016. Houston enjoys interacting with students and strives to ensure every customer has a positive dining experience at Piedmont Central. When he’s not working, Houston enjoys woodworking, spending time with his family, attending church services and fishing.
With over 16 years of experience as a professional chef, Thomas graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Service Management. Hailing from Westfield, Mass., he’s worked in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Boston and Atlanta.
Before joining the PantherDining family in 2015, Anthony owned his own catering company. Along with cooking, he is a skilled pastry chef.
Geno’s food service experience spans over 20 years in the hospitality industry. He joined the PantherDining family as a sous chef in 2017.
Cole joined the PantherDining family in 2016 as a supervisor after working at the University of Georgia for six years. While at UGA, he quickly worked his way up from a student assistant to supervisor. Cole is currently a student at Georgia State working on his Master’s Degree.
David joined the PantherDining family as a supervisor in 2017. Prior to working at Georgia State, he worked at the University of Michigan and Kansas State University. David loves cooking and is always looking for new ways to infuse different flavors.
Before joining the PantherDining family in 2017, Jarrett worked in the casual dining industry for many years as a restaurant manager. With his previous management experience, he strives to understand the needs of employees and guests alike and has adopted a “Guest Obsessed Attitude” to provide guests with a positive dining experience. Jarrett believes hard work can be its own reward and works hard to set an example.
Lashawn has over 10 years of food service experience, both nationally and internationally. Her experience ranges from restaurants to hotels to hospitals. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management as well as several other certifications.
Michelle has worked in university food service for over seven years as a supervisor, spending the last three years with PantherDining. A Georgia Southern graduate, she worked as a student assistant for Eagle Dining and moved up through the ranks to supervisor. She loves geting to know and interacting with students that dine at Piedmont Central, and works hard to ensure students have a positive dining experience.
After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales, Kelvin worked as an executive sous chef in Jacksonville, a food & beverage controller for Hyatt Hotels and food service director at the University of West Georgia, Georgia Gwinnett College and Spelman College. An Atlanta resident, he enjoys volunteering with his family, watching the Florida Gators, playing golf and softball, cooking and running the Atlanta Peachtree Road Race.
Rory’s love for cooking started at an early age when he would spend time cooking with his grandmother. After high school, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. where he received a Culinary and Pastry Degree. After culinary school, he worked in the hospitality industry in the northeast and Las Vegas. Rory moved to Georgia nine years ago and joined the PantherDining family in 2014.
Lucy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from the New York City College of Technology before joining the PantherDining family in 2016. She enjoys interacting with employees and embracing the values and cultures from around the world, with an emphasis on the food. Volunteering, fitness and spending time with her family are some of her favorite hobbies outside of work.
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