I am a simple and god fearing person from the Philippines. I started working at the age of 20 and was married at 21. I am the proud mother of 2 teenage daughters. I started off working in the electronics industry then became a government employee. I later moved into the food industry and started taking culinary courses where I earned my certificate of completion in culinary.
In February 2009 I started my journey to Canada. I started working at Cantafio’s Steakhouse & bar as a food and beverage server, after a few months of that I joined the BOH staff as a line cook. The manager saw potential in me for the kitchen and after 2 years was able to renew my contract as a line cook rather than a server. Plans were made to bring my family here to Stony Plain.
In May 2012 the restaurant sold and I stayed with the restaurant and began yet another chapter of her life with The Sawmill. I have worked hard over the past 3 years here earning my way up to Executive Sous Chef.
My favorite Sawmill dish is the Salmon and Beet salad, I love the freshness of it plus the homemade honey balsamic dressing is the best.
Faye (as the staff call me) loves overseeing the brunch set up and training new staff. I love interacting with new people and getting to know them.
My father is a influential person in my life, he gives me strength and moral support.
I came to Canada in 2009 in search for a greener pasture to give my family a better life. I am married and have a child. I found success by working in the restaurant industry as a cook.
I joined the Sawmill Restaurant Group in August of 2012, trained and started working as a line cook in our Capilano location. After a few months I joined the team that pioneered and opened the Sawmill Stony Plain location in 2012. After a year of hard work and commitment, I was promoted to Executive Sous Chef. On top of my skills as a cook, I studied and was taught to do the task of BOH Manager. For almost 2 years I managed BOH, and just recently I was promoted to Executive Chef at Stony Plain Sawmill. My favorite Sawmill menu item is the Chicken Neptune.
I have been working in the service industry for over 20 years in many positions starting as a server in our local home town bar; I was hooked on the industry right away. Being around people and interacting with them on a daily basis has always made me very happy and I love my job!
Outside of work I enjoy bike riding in the summer and skiing in the winter. My favourite hockey team is the Oiler’s of course!
My favourite Sawmill dish:
Black & Blue Caesar salad – It’s amazing 😉
Born in India, I started my career in the Hotel industry as a Trainee until I got the chance to work in Doha, Qatar as a Restaurant Captain in one of the best fine dining restaurants in the country. Reckoning, I was a Captain, Restaurant Trainer, Supervisor, Assistant Manager, Manager, Operations Manager and Area Manager. With my last assignment in Dubai, UAE, I handled the position of Area Manager, managing multiple brands. Before joining Sawmill, I have accumulated 17 +years of experience in the hospitality/ restaurant industry.
It is always my passion to be in this profession. I first took up Engineering but ended up in leaving the course as my heart was not into it, instead took a course in Hotel and Restaurant Management. To add value into my educational background, I have taken up a Degree in Commerce. I love meeting people from different walks of life, the feeling of being appreciated by your guests and managers are fulfilling and priceless. I worked with the toughest people in the Gulf, a Company demanding for skyrocketed sales which seems to be next to impossible to achieve. However, it did not discourage me. Instead, it has become a driving force to reach my target and deliver it beyond expectation.
I am a new manager to the Sawmill family. My favorite dish on the Sawmill Menu is any of our Steaks. I enjoy time with my family, friends, watching movies, news. I also love playing cricket.