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Omer Yazaroglu

Director, Culinary Services

The Niagara Parks Commission

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First hospitality job:

A busser at Paesano's Pizza

Age you started working in hospitality:

13

Your inspiration to begin working in hospitality:

I had some great restaurant jobs when I was young, and I always had so much fun working in that environment, so picking the restaurant business became a natural choice in the end.   

My hospitality mentor

Ralph Biamonte owned a local restaurant where I worked and it was him that
encouraged me to go into the restaurant business. I absolutely credit my career to
him teaching me the ropes as a young manager.

What are your favourite aspects of your job?

I love that my job covers so many areas. Some days are all about tasting food, other days are focused on our staff, some days are focused on our customers.  Every day is different, so you never get bored.

What has inspired you to continue your career path in hospitality?

I think the fact that I have been lucky enough to continue to advance my career has helped me want to stay in this business. There are so many
branches to the Hospitality Industry, which make it easy to make a change if you are looking for a new direction in life.

Advice for students interested in a career in hospitality:

Always look ahead towards your future, and work for companies that want you to do the same.  Learn as many parts of the business as you can when you are young,
and that will help point you in the right direction for the rest of your career.

My Hospitality Story

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