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Celebrating Diverse Culinary Talent

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14.01.2021, 22:06

Celebrating Diverse Culinary Talent

Aramark’s new Chef Spotlight program will celebrate the diverse talent of chefs who make an impact on the organization and its guests.

Tastemakers will be honored by having their recipes, and the stories that inspired them, shared in locations Aramark serves.

Heidi Hogan, who leads Aramark’s Culinary Development Team, explains: “Culinary excellence powers Aramark’s hospitality experience and drives our diverse culinary talent to channel their passion for food, culture and heritage to make dishes that span continents.

“Chef Spotlight celebrates our chefs, and everything they bring to the table, and helps us identify and deliver unique offerings that exceed the expectations of our global consumers.”


“Aramark is committed to developing a diverse and inclusive culinary community. When we create a culture that incorporates varied experiences, backgrounds and knowledge, we develop offerings that reflect the diverse groups and communities we serve,” adds Ash Hanson, the company’s Chief Diversity & Sustainability Officer. “Food unites us all and we’re looking forward to celebrating these chefs and sharing their unique stories as part of our Chef Spotlight program.”

As part of Chef Spotlight, Aramark’s Culinary Development Team will collaborate with the Company’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to develop programming and select recipes that will be featured. The ERGs are voluntary, employee-led groups made up of individuals who come together based on common interests, backgrounds or demographic factors such as gender, race or ethnicity, and include Aramark Impacto (Hispanic/Latino), Aramark Pride (LGBTQ+), Leaders and Employees of African Descent (LEAD), Aramark Empower (Women), Aramark Rising Sun (Indigenous), Aramark Salute (Veterans), Aramark Synergy (Interfaith), Aramark Thrive (Individuals with Disabilities), Aramark Dietitians, and Aramark Young Professionals.

Last year, the catering and facility services major created an Executive Diversity Council to provide strategic focus and direction to advance diversity, equity and inclusion among its employees, client partners, customers, suppliers and communities.

As part of its broader 2025 sustainability plan, Be Well. Do Well, Aramark continues to work to reduce inequity, support and grow local communities, and protect the planet. 

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