Monday, October 3 2022
Camille Pingol originally hails from Pampanga, Philippines and is our Employee of the Month for October! We chose Camille for her outstanding performance in the kitchen, her positive attitude during every shift, her willingness to assist clients with their requests; her teamwork mentally. She has great knife skills and her willingness to jump in and get the job done is best in class.
Camille is a young chef with a lot of potential. We sat down with her to talk about her favorite foods, her favorite celebrity chef, and who she’d like to be for a day. Here’s what she had to say!
Culinary Staffing Service: How has Culinary Staffing helped you in your career development?
Camille Pingol: Working with different companies through the agency I’ve learned a lot about recipes, plating, and learning about my fellow employees. And to this day, this still applies. I’m grateful I have this opportunity to continue this journey with the right tools in this industry.
CSS: How do you define success?
CP: Success is built on a persona. One’s ability to fully commit to whatever they set out to do. Success is measured by an individual’s determination to reach anything they set their mind to. Success to me is knowing I have received or will receive throughout the challenges that life throws at me. To be able to learn from that “challenge” and turn it into a learning opportunity.
CSS: If you could meet anyone in the world - dead or alive - who would it be and why?
CP: Anthony Bourdain! Why? He had so much to offer to this world. He was so genuine and real. He was brilliant.
CSS: Do you have a favorite quote?
CP: To quote Anthony Bourdain - “I’m asked a lot what the best thing about cooking for a living is. And it’s this: to be a part of a subculture. To be part of a historical continuum, a secret society with its own language and customs. To enjoy the instant gratification of making something good with one’s hands–using all one’s senses. It can be, at times, the purest and most unselfish way of giving pleasure.” - (from Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly).
CSS: Now for a fun food question. What one food do you wish had zero calories?
CP: Cheese and wine!
CSS: What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
CP: I’d be a zoologist.
CSS: If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day?
CP: The President!
Congratulations, Camille, and thank you for all of your hard work!