Vita Nova prides itself on the success of the students both in the restaurant labs and out in their professional lives. The Vita Nova experience leaves the students with a full understanding of restaurant operations along with time management skills and an ability to work with others. In every restaurant lab, select students take on the role of Aramark Scholars where they aid and guide the students in either the front or back of the house. This provides a leadership opportunity where students gain first hand experience in managing others.
Victoria Bailor has been an Aramark Scholar at Vita Nova for three semesters now. She will be greatly missed by the Vita Nova team as she is graduating this winter. Looking back at her experience as an Aramark Scholar, she had nothing but positive memories to share and hopeful outlooks for the future.
How did you feel when you found out you were chosen to be an Aramark Scholar?
I have always had a passion for food and cooking. When coming to the University of Delaware I had already had previous experience in working in the kitchen. My previous hard work truly paid off when I was asked by Chef Joe DiGregorio to become a scholar for the lunch lab and now, for the dinner lab. I was extremely honored that such a talented chef had recognized my efforts and wanted me to be a part of such a wonderful opportunity.
What extra opportunities does this program give you the chance to do?
As this is my third and final semester as an Aramark scholar, I find this position has added a great deal of worth to the time I have spent at the University. I have learned many new skills that I will use in my future career in the industry through being an Aramark Scholar. Having participated in this distinguished program, I will have additional experience that I would have not gained during my college career otherwise.
What is your favorite thing about cooking or baking?
My favorite things about cooking is not only the creativity of making the food itself, but also when I look out into the dining room and see the guests enjoying the food I have made. In the hospitality industry we all have a strong passion for people and I love when something I have done or created makes people happy.
When did you realize you wanted to be in the food industry? What inspired you?
I have always had a love and interest in cooking but never knew how much I would enjoy the management side of the restaurant industry. After my first semester at the University, I knew I had made the right decision when choosing the incredible HRIM program we have here at UD. Through my time at the University, I have learned so much about hospitality and I know when starting my career in the industry I will be doing something that I love and have a passion for.
What do you hope to do as a career in the food industry?
After graduating this winter, I hope to continue as a manager in the restaurant industry. In the long term I would like to take the experience and skills I have learned in Vita Nova and at the University of Delaware to own a successful restaurant company.
Similar to Victoria, several students have the opportunity to experience what it is like to be an Aramark Scholar. As an Aramark Scholar myself, there is not doubt that these experiences provide ample benefits for the future as well as a greater appreciation for the restaurant industry.
The students of the Hospitality in Business program at the University of Delaware share their experiences at Vita Nova