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November 11, 2019

Meet military veterans in the Charlotte food scene

On Veteran’s Day and every day, we thank them for their service


Photo courtesy of Johnson & Wales University

Ashley Anna Tuttle

Title: Pastry chef, Community Matters Café

Branch of service: U.S. Army, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician

Years of service: 4

What I want people to remember on Veteran’s Day: On Veteran’s Day, I think it is important to remember not only the sacrifices of the service member, but also their families.

How experience in the military translates to restaurant work: My experience in the military has had a direct impact on my leadership style. I am direct and candid, but also lead with respect and guidance.

 


Photo courtesy of Shai Fargian

Shai Fargian

Title: Executive chef, Yafo Kitchen

Branch of service: Israeli Army, Infantry and Special Forces

Years of service: 8

What I want people to remember on Veteran’s Day: Soldiers are ordinary people who take on extraordinary challenges and opportunities.  Each veteran has her/his own unique journey to be recognized.

How serving in the military translates to restaurant work: Teamwork, working under pressure, and long hours really remind me of my military days! In the military, people gain work ethic and values that are hard to learn and hard to find in today’s workforce. As an officer, I held my soldiers to high standards, and as a chef I teach my employees personal accountability and teamwork.  I love hiring veterans.


Courtesy of Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor

Title: Photographer, co-founder of OrderFire

Branch of service: U.S. Army, paratrooper

Years of service: 4

What I want people to remember on Veteran’s Day: I would like people to remember that freedom isn’t free. It’s been paid for with the lives of their grandparents, their parents, their uncles and aunts and sons and daughters. All veterans have put their lives up in defense of all Americans.

How serving in the military translates to my food photography work: My military time was more beneficial when I was a combat photographer, but some of the things that I bring from that time to my work today are an attention to detail, professionalism, and a sense of accountability.

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