I could not leave Sedona without introducing you to Richmond, a culinary intern from the Philippines who is training at Enchantment Resort. Much like Kosta Cvoro, the student I profiled in my last post, Richmond is excelling in his training at Enchantment. I know this because he was just awarded Employee of the Quarter! He was nominated by the resort’s executive chef, sous chef, and just about everybody he worked with, it seems. This young man has made quite an impression here!
Richmond first studied management then decided to go to culinary school. During his internship, he rotated every three months to a different part of the kitchen to absorb the tricks of the trade from every angle possible. He told me that he has learned more than he ever expected mainly due to the chefs’ close and ongoing mentorship and supervision.
I asked Richmond why he decided Enchantment was the place for him. He said he was inspired by the youth and creative energy of Executive Chef, David Schmidt. Chef David enjoys training culinary interns because he welcomes the unique flavor and approach they bring from their home countries to his kitchen. Richmond, in particular, is a very motivated young man who pushed himself to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible. The mutual respect that has grown between these colleagues and now friends was palpable during my visit.
Richmond told me that his J-1 training experience gave him the confidence he now has to start his own restaurant when he returns home. Of course, he will factor in his experience with Arizona cuisine by making his restaurant a Southwest-Asian fusion. It makes me hungry just thinking about it!
|About Rebecca Pasini|
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange
Rebecca A. Pasini joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchanges in July 2023. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister - Counselor, Ms. Pasini has been an American diplomat since 1997.
Ms. Pasini previously served as the Director of Public and Congressional Affairs in the Bureau of Consular Affairs from 2021-2023. Other Washington assignments have included positions in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, the Office of Foreign Missions, and as a liaison to the Department of Homeland Security. She has also completed multiple overseas tours, including as Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs in Islamabad, Pakistan, and as the Consular Chief in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Other tours included Mexico City and Kuwait.
A Maryland native, Ms. Pasini has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University, a master’s degree in National Security and Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University, and an undergraduate degree from Mary Washington College.
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