April Supervisor of the Month

Production Kitchen Burnside

 Joe Posiak

Joe Posiak

Many local heroes go unnoticed quietly working ‘behind the scenes’, and that pretty much describes Joe. You’ve probably seen him driving around delivering our awesome food from our main production kitchen to all of our restaurants around the city. 

Joe is an excellent collaborator, team player and provides valuable insight and unique expertise to our company. His hard work and diligence to support the restaurants is commendable, and his ability to work with chefs and support them helps to create a very well rounded and successful group of restaurants. Our operation wouldn’t be the same without him! Thank you for all your support, Joe!

Chef Mike Macaulay

April Employee of the Month

 Doug Daryll

Doug Daryll

Cheese Curds Burnside

Doug has been with us for nearly 9 months, and is the clear definition of a hard worker. Any employer would be very lucky to have him on their team. Doug’s enthusiasm and determination to work in such a demanding position as the dish pit, has made a huge positive impact to our team.  

His sincerity, perseverance and diligence are a true inspiration, and has earned him the respect of every staff member. We have taken note of and appreciate your high level proficiency in handling the tasks assigned to you, your craving for perfection, and humble attitude Doug. 

I believe I speak for all of the staff here, when I say that this award is truly well deserved.  

Chef Mike Macaulay

April Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds Woodside

 Jesse Baudais

Jesse Baudais

Jesse started with us in August of 2017. He managed a restaurant previously, but was looking for a change of pace and I was in need of someone with the qualities and skill set of someone who knew their way around a kitchen. You could tell right off the bat that it was going to be a great fit, as he caught on to the way we do things very quickly, making my job that much easier.

Jesse never got to experience burger week in 2017, but heard all the stories as to how busy it can be. Jumping forward to burger week 2018, Jesse was definitely a shining star! He worked everyday of burger week and rose to the occasion more than I could have ever imagined. 

He's the type of employee who shows up an hour early most days ready to work if needed and will cover any shift, or come in on his day off if called, without any hesitation. Having an employee like that takes a lot of stress off of me when someone calls in sick or life's little things pop up unexpectedly. This award is very well deserved, keep up the great work Jesse, and thank you for being part of the Chef Inspired Team! 

Chef Ryan Faulkner

April Employee of the Month

Blaine Wood

Cheese Curds/Habaneros
Clayton Park

Blaine started with us right out the gates in early March and adapted to our wicked world of Burgers & Burritos in fine fashion. This guy is all smiles and even has the common courtesy to play the coolest, jazzy Hip Hop instrumentals to carry us through the hectic rushes. Customers swore they walked into a classy wine bar by accident when they hear Blaine's music.  

A little 411 on Mr. Wood:

Favourite Past Time (Gaming)
Guilty Pleasures (Goat Simulator)
Celebrity Crush (Milla Jovovich)

As for the Fish......there's no significance. It's his "brand" he claims, and he has it tattooed on his wrist. Kudos Blaine.

Chef Tanner Morgan

March Employee of the Month

Dallas Andrews

Habaneros Truro

Our employee of the month for March is Dallas from the Habaneros side of our dual restaurant. She has stood out over the last month with her willingness to jump in and help in any situation. She has stepped up to the plate big time helping to cover shifts and always being open to learning and trying new things on either side of the restaurant!

Not only that, but Dallas always brings a consistently positive attitude to work with her and has become one of our standout workers. Thanks for all your hard work and congratulations Dallas, very much deserved.

Chef's Sean Wood and Sean Dearing

February Employee of the Month

Habaneros Truro

 Brendan Backman

Brendan Backman

Brendan joined our Habaneros family on November 20th for the opening launch and has brought a significant amount of energy and exuberance to the floor. Not many people have the uncanny ability to be as happy as they can possibly appear to be, consistently like Brendan, and give his all, day in day out.

We all have lives outside of the workplace, but those individuals that can rise above the madness in the world, truly are special when it comes to delivering a memorable customer experience. Please take note to Brendan’s kind energy and congratulate him on his efforts to go above and beyond ensuring you have a pleasant experience in our restaurant. Congratulations Brendan.

Chef Tanner Morgan
 

January Supervisor of the Month

Habaneros Burnside

Robert Dion

It is with great pleasure that I award the Supervisor of the Month to Robert Dion. Rob has worked his way through our kitchens with his "can do" attitude, and inquiring how he can make improvements. He wants to be the guy who shows he can do more than just what needs to be done, and to be a leader that makes a difference. 

Rob has worked in Cheese Curds and moved his way around all the kitchens in Truck-Side. Finally he found a home in Habaneros, where he took the kitchen and turned it into a well oiled machine. Rob likes the full tilt atmosphere and does a superb job of motivating his teammates. His professional work habits and focus on efficient kitchen production makes him a leader that we can all appreciate. Thank you Rob, very much deserved. 

Executive Chef, Ronnie Lace
 

Congratulations Rob!

January Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds Woodside

Tanya MacPhee

Tanya has been with us now for nearly a year, starting right before Halifax Burger Week last year with only a couple shifts under her belt before the madness began. I knew right away that she was going to fit in, as most people would run for the hills being thrown into that position, but she took it in stride and was awarded employee of the month soon after. 

In the past year Tanya has proven to be a valued member of the Chef Inspired team, learning each day the ins and outs of the business and helping out where needed. She’s always upbeat and chipper, and carries on with the other staff while maintaining a great work ethic. With Burger Week fast approaching once again, I will be looking to Tanya to help out with all the extra prep, and there is no doubt in my mind she will be a shining star once again. Congratulations on the recognition you deserve Tanya, and happy early 1st year anniversary! Looking forward to what the future has in store for you here with us.

Chef Ryan Faulkner

January Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds Burnside

Brian Newell

Brian started with us about 4 months ago and has proven to be the back bone behind the scenes that no one hardly sees. His work ethic and dedication to his position of kitchen attendant is admirable, as is the work he does alongside of his great teammates. 

It's a highlight of my day when other staff members come to me and suggest a certain person to take this award. Not only deserving, but he’d equally pass it up and offer it to a coworker. In moments like this, I feel every member of my kitchen is deserving of this award. 

Brian is always saying how much he likes it here, and thanks me for this opportunity to work in such a well rounded place where the work is fun and the people alongside of him are such great team players. Brian, a job well done. It shows the people in the back do get recognized.

Executive Chef, Ronnie Lace

January Employee of the Month

Cheese Curds/Habaneros Truro

Tanya Sylliboy

Tanya is another employee who’s been with us from the very beginning and has shown tremendous progress. Don’t let her shy, reserved demeanor fool you. Tanya has managed to handily control several high stress positions on the Cheese Curds line, all without blinking an eye. Her calm/collected approach is contagious and corals the team together to get through the busy periods.

If you see Tanya around the restaurant please take a moment to congratulate her on her early success here with Chef Inspired. Congratulations Tanya.

Chef Tanner Morgan