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Maria Elena Luis

800 Vista Valet Apt 706

San Antonio, TX 78216

Driven, and goal oriented chef with 10+ years of hospitality, mentoring and training,
restaurant and kitchen experience. Versatile skill set experience with baking, pastry, hot
foods, cold foods, team building, scheduling, inventory control, ordering, menu
development, training development, team leadership, P&L, and banquets as well as
customer service.
Alamo Colleges-St. Philips College | San Antonio, TX
Adjunct Chef Instructor
June 2016 Present
Preparing and presenting lectures and developing course outlines and
Evaluating student progress and facilitating student achievement.
Preparing additional study materials for learners.
Providing ongoing support, guidance, and advice to learners.
Participating in curriculum and program reviews.
Liaising with relevant industry sectors.
Evaluation and grading, maintenance and supervision of the classroom/kitchen,
administering written and practical tests, and creating a positive learning
Valero Family Center Bright Horizons | San Antonio, TX
Cook/Child Nutrition Services
June 2015 May 2016
Cook banquet style breakfast, lunch and snacks for 200 kids/teachers daily
Weekly ordering
Cook and create menus for special events
Develop seasonal weekly menus for kids.
Help develop fresh from scratch recipes for kids menu.
Develop healthier and/or vegan and allergen free recipes.
Green Vegetarian Cuisine | San Antonio, TX

Bakery Manager
October 2014 - March 2015
Managed, trained and scheduled a team of employees across 3 different
Weekly ordering for all locations. Inventory Control and Organization
Created and developed new vegan and gluten free dessert recipes.
Created and developed their vegan gluten free pancake recipe.
Created and developed their vegan biscuits recipe.
Managed customer relations with the bakery department.
Created and developed new cupcake designs.
Created and developed weekly p&l reports.
Trained and mentored their Bakery Manager candidate.
Spec's Texas SuperStore Wines, Spirits, Finer Foods | San Antonio, TX
Kitchen Supervisor
May 2012 September 2014
Supervise Culinary and Deli Team
Train and mentor Deli and Culinary Staff
Prepare chefs case food items. Develop and crate new recipes for Chefs case.
Line cook/Deli cook
Ordering and Inventory control
Cheese prepping, wrapping, and labeling for cheese case.
Prepare trays for catering orders.
Valero Family Center | San Antonio, TX
Cook/Nutritional Advisor
October 2011 April 2012
Cook banquet style breakfast, lunch, and snacks for 200 children/teachers daily
Ensure weekly ordering
Cook for special events
Develop seasonal weekly menus for kids
Help develop healthier, fresh, from scratch recipes for childrens menus
Train teachers in methods to prepare healthier recipes
Marriott Austin North | Austin, TX
Sous Chef
January 2010 - September 2011

Executive Chef's Assistant

Manage and oversee kitchen projects and staff
Ensure proper scheduling
Ensure adequate inventory and ordering
Manage banquets and special events
Create and develop menu for seasonal or special events, and others
Create Dessert Menu
Train and mentor team for new desserts

Mariott International | San Antonio, TX

Baker/Line Cook
June 2008 - December 2009
Production baker for Rivercenter and Riverwalk
Line Cook (cold side)
Hot stations cook
The Original Mexican Restaurant | San Antonio, TX
Restaurant Manager
January 2008 - June 2008
Started as a prep cook internship
Manage and oversee restaurant staff and operations
Train and mentor new staff
Manage and count safe daily
Daily inventory
Leonardo's Cake Creations | San Antonio, TX
Assistant Decorator and Baker
September 2007 - December 2007
Great experience decorating and baking special occasions cakes
Internship for baking certificate of completion in college
The Art Institute of Austin/San Antonio
Bachelors Degree, Culinary Management

January 2010-December 2013

3.84 GPA
St. Philip's College | San Antonio, TX
Associate Degree, Culinary Arts
August 2006 - May 2008
3.75 GPA President's Honor Roll
Free School of Music Ernesto Ramos Antonini | San Juan, PR
High School
August 2000 - May 2002
High School Diploma, 3.85 GPA
Music Certificate
Serv Safe Food Handler
First Aid
CPR/AED/Child and Infant CPR
Fully Bilingual: English/Spanish