Get to know Amanda Hunt, our incredible Chef Manager at Donelson Christian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Amanda has been a member of the Pedestal Foods family since 2014, and we are blessed to have her joyful energy and culinary creativity on our team.
What is your role on the Pedestal Foods team at Donelson Christian Academy?
I am the Chef Manager at the school. I am charged with ensuring our students are fed efficiently every day.
What do you love about your job?
I love watching people enjoy the food that I’ve cooked, learning from the students, and of course the school schedule isn’t too bad!
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Right now I’m operating two different units without cafeterias. In Spring 2020, the school was hit by the Nashville tornado on March 3 destroying much of the school including the dining facilities. For the 2020-21 school year (and at least the first semester of the 2021-22 school year), we’ve been ordering lunches from local restaurants to continue to feed students. We had to do quite a few work arounds with no facility and COVID, but we’re blessed to still be able to serve the students daily.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I played the clarinet.
What does “Be a Blessing” mean to you, personally and/ or professionally?
I think being a blessing means you help when/where you can, and love everyone.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned in this position?
Patience and better time management.
What’s the most important piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Seek to understand before being understood.
If you could be a teacher of something, what would it be?
What five words would your colleagues use to describe you?
Energetic, Encouraging, Crazy, Fun, Talkative
What’s a new skill you would like to learn, or an interest you’d like to develop further? How do you want to grow?
I look for new cooking styles or new recipes, and I have always loved cooking and want to continue expanding my chef knowledge!
What is something you can do better than anyone else you know?
I make great food! Fried Chicken, Mac & Cheese, and Alfredo to name a few.
If you see Amanda at Donelson Christian Academy, give her a warm hello and a high five – and ask her what new recipes she’s trying out!
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