Sixth grade Tiger Times reporter, Claudia el-Masry recently interviewed, Ms. Victoria Raia, the new Director of Dining Services at Sacred Heart. Here’s what they talked about:
CE: How do you like being here at Sacred Heart Greenwich?
Victoria Raia: I love it here at Sacred Heart. I was looking for a good place to call home and I think I found it.
CE: Have you changed anything in the kitchen or the ways you prepare food since coming here?
Victoria Raia: I have tried to incorporate different cuts of meat and different ways of preparing them. I have also tried to think of foods that I liked when I was in school and how I can showcase them while staying nutritionally balanced.
CE: Has working at Sacred Heart changed you, and if so, how?
Victoria Raia: Before working here my work goal was always to entertain people. Since coming here I have taken pride in being responsible for serving nutritionally balanced meals to all. It gives me a greater sense of purpose.
CE: How do you like the kitchen staff?
Victoria Raia: The kitchen staff is fantastic. There is a lot of heart in the kitchen and every staff member puts his or her soul into producing the tastiest foods.
CE: How do you like the Sacred Heart community?
Victoria Raia: The Sacred Heart community has been so welcoming. I have been blown away by how warm the faculty and staff are and how polite and appreciative the students are.
CE: Where did you work before you came here?
Victoria Raia: I worked in the Prudential Center in New Jersey, the home of the New Jersey Devils, as Director of Food and Beverage.
CE: When did you start cooking?
Victoria Raia: I have been around chefs my entire life and I think I have the culinary mentality of a chef, however, I am not actually a chef.
CE: What was your inspiration to start cooking?
Victoria Raia: Because I have been around chefs my entire life, I always found joy in making people happy through food. I chose to take the management route, as I wanted to make the best possible life for myself.
CE: What is your favorite food to prepare?
Victoria Raia: My favorite food to prepare is my great grandma’s recipe, Sunday sauce with meatballs.
CE: Are you happy with your decision to come to Sacred Heart?
Victoria Raia: The decision to come to Sacred Heart has been the best one I have ever made for myself!