Marina Chan, Culinary Talent Recruiter (Facebook)

Company: Flagship @ Facebook

Years worked in current role: Almost 2

Years of experience in food industry: 9

In 300 characters or less describe your job:

Ever changing. I handle job fairs, sourcing and recruitment. I get to interact with Global Directors for the Culinary Program daily and it’s exciting. I interview and talk to people who are “green” to having 20+ years in the industry who come from a variety of backgrounds and specialize in different areas. Stages are important and we continue to hold that tradition here on campus. All our recruits go through a series of interviews before getting to the stage. I help with job descriptions, open enrollment, Servsafe programs, safety meetings, and outreach with local culinary schools.

What are the top 3 characteristics you need to be good at your job:

  1. Be bold and fearless
  2. Original
  3. Adventurous

Why did you decide to pursue a career in food?

I have always loved food from a very young age. For as long as I could remember we always grew fruit and veggies at home and used them to cook meals with. I think that’s where my love and appreciation for food came from. I knew that I wanted to enter the industry when I grew up. After graduating from high school I went to culinary school, absorbed everything I could and always stayed late to learn more. I worked a few years as a savory cook in country clubs and then moved into Pastry. When I came to Silicon Valley I knew I needed a change and that’s when I started looking into corporate dining. Wow! Very different world. My managerial skills and knowledge in the kitchen landed me a job as a Recruiter.

Top 3 advice tips for students and new grads coming into the industry – 

  1. NEVER stop learning!
  2. Be open to new techniques and ideas
  3. Be humble

Tell us why your Food Job Rocks?

My Food Job Rocks because I landed my dream job. I work on site at the world’s largest social media company in the world. I get to interact with people from all walks of life while making an impact on those around me. I get to experience a very unique work environment that empowers individuals especially women.

 Favourite quote?

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid” –Sheryl Sandberg

 

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