Posted by: littlehouseonthebigisland | January 30, 2014

Magic Mountain Farm

Magic Mountain Farm

James and me, looking at a native hawk perched in one of our avocado trees.


  1. Aloha! I’m Simon, I’m from NJ/NY area and here on big island near Hilo until middle of March. I came to help family friends restaurant opening and to try and join into the fire dept. My friend never got to open the restaurant and now I’m here looking for work and a place to stay while trying for fire dept. I’ve done a number of different jobs and work great with my hands, from : cooking, construction, florist/gardening, child care, and more. i was wondering if you had any availability with work and board at your establishment, Thank you

    Simon Lee
    > 151735 uhaloa ave
    Kea au, hi 96749
    > 201-281-3377
    > Education
    > -The International Culinary Center(FCI): New York, NY & ALMA, Parma Italy Jan 2010-Feb 2010
    > Grand Diploma, Italian Culinary Experience
    > Intensive 8 month course studying Italian cuisine from each region, culture, food history, wine and language
    > Coursework took place 12 weeks at The International Culinary Center in New Yorkand 20 weeks in Italy, split between ALMA and internship (stagiest) at a fine dining restaurant in Italy
    > -Bergen College: Paramus, NJ
    > Hotel/Restaurant Hospitality Management June 2006
    > Professional Cooking & Baking June 2009
    > Work Experience

    -Bonora and Sons: red bank, nj
    June 2007- May 2014
    > -Highlands Behavioral Health: Littleton, CO March 2012- May 2013
    > Dietary Chef
    > – Cater,set up, prep, cook, serve, clean to 140 people 3 meals a day
    > -Vines Wine Bar & Tapas: Parker, CO Nov 2011-April 2012
    > Sous Chef
    > Experience in all areas of kitchen
    > Management of both BOH & FOH teams, food costs, menu planning, inventory, customer service
    > -EVO: NY & NJ Sept 2010
    > Private/Public Chef
    > Catering for parties, dinners, events
    > Create unique menus with fresh ingredients and seasonally produce
    > Classes on teaching of planned menu
    > -Enoteca La Torre: Viterbo, Italy May 2010-July 2010
    > Internship/Line Cook
    > Worked for Chef Noda Kotaro in his 1-Michelin Star & Rosso Gamberi 85 points restaurant
    > Experienced all areas of kitchen including food preparation, antipasti, primi piatti, secondi, contorni, and desserts
    > Learnerd traditional Lazio cuisine, and high quality Japanese-Italian fusion
    > -Chakra: Paramus, NJ Feb 2011-May2011
    > Line Cook
    > Learned New American cuisine with Awarding Winner Chef Thomas Ciszak
    > Worked in garde manger, sautee, fryer, grill, oven, sous vide
    > -Fort Lee Fire Department: Fort Lee, NJ Dec 2002- Today
    > Firefighter/Chef/bartender
    > Volunteer firefighter for 10 years learning teamwork, responsibility, quick reaction & response, leadership
    > Chef and bartender for fire dept- private parties, meetings, hall rentals
    > Management of kitchen, food costs, menu planning, inventory
    > -Akai Restaurant & Lounge: Englewood, NJ Oct 2008-March 2010
    > Server/Bartender/Host
    > Switched between all 4 front of house positions throughout week, and occasional in the kitchen
    > Learned different points, positions, teamwork, leadership, & understanding of the FOH restaurant business
    > \-GVI: Johannesburg, South Africa July 2008-Sept 2008
    > Volunteer Wildlife Research/ Chef
    > Worked with non-profit organization in South Africa with wildlife animals & local people
    > Learned to cook south African cuisine and cooked for entire team of 18
    > -Shop Rite Wine & Liquors: Fort Lee, NJ July 2003-June 2005
    > Retail Associate
    > Duties included stocking, customer service, & cashiering
    > Learned about different liquors and wines
    > -Secret Garden: New York, NY July 1997- today
    > Retail Associate
    > Duties included stocking, customer service, prep work, & cashiering
    > Additional Skills & Experience
    > Servsafe Certified
    > CPR Certified
    > Conversational in Italian
    > Quick thinker, brainstorming to configure best possible solution to a problem or goal, quick worker, ability to learn and develop rapidly, team player.
    > I am able to manage the front of the house and back of the house to my fullest to achieve great goals, to bring a new positive attitude in any atmosphere, to teach and help understand others weaknesses and strong points in their position in the restaurant, help put in a new and interesting menu items from the freshest ingredients, local products, and seasonal

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