THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS
Ask HTC graduate Jon Tormoen about trends in the culinary industry and he’s quick to describe what he sees in his role as the regional director of dietary services for Southview Senior Communities, which has ten locations around the Twin Cities.
“The trend is to have restaurant-style chefs, scratch cooking and batch cooking, so senior communities can offer residents creative meal choices,” says Tormoen. “These are people who have a passion for great food and that’s what we want to provide.” He sees his training at HTC as the foundation for his success.
“I was a non-traditional student,” says Tormoen, adding that after graduating from Kennedy High School in Bloomington, Minnesota, he attended a couple of universities, but found he was more interested in sports activities than academics. While still in high school, Tormoen had started working for a friend’s father who was a chef at Edina Park Plaza, a senior home, where, he says, “Gradually, I learned how to make a salad, how to peel potatoes, and then I moved on to making breakfast.” In short, he found his passion. Next, he decided to get formal training. After asking chefs what school they would recommend, his choice was clear: Hennepin Technical College. That was in 1993.
“I really liked the way the education process flowed,” says Tormoen, who continued working at Edina Park Plaza while attending HTC. “I got to take what I studied and apply it on the job.” Completing an associate degree in 15 months, Tormoen found that HTC’s hands-on approach to cooking helped him launch a career that has included serving as chef at The Chart House in Lakeville for over three years. When he and his wife, Sarah, had a baby girl, Tormoen wanted to transition to a position that wouldn’t require working nights, weekends and holidays. That’s when he began his career at Southview. It’s another way to put his culinary skills to work.
“The thing I enjoy most is that Southview is family-owned and operated,” says Tormoen. “It’s geared toward family, and that extends to employees.” In addition to overseeing the operations at each of Southview Senior Communities’ current locations, Tormoen also has a hand in kitchen design when new locations are being constructed. For him, the foundation of skills and knowledge he gained at HTC has been an important building block.
“I had a great experience at HTC,” says Tormoen. “It’s a well-rounded academic program that prepares students for success.” He highly recommends the college for an affordable education in the culinary arts. To sum it up, he says simply, “You get the most bang for your buck at HTC.”
Last updated by jhanson : 2016-08-01 12:47:33