From Server to Manager,
Meet JC Vallejo
Juan Carlos or as most know him, JC, has been a part of the ZINC family for the past five years. One of our senior servers, it was an obvious decision to make him our manager when the position came available. JC truly understands the spirit of ZINC New Haven and is a wonderful addition to the management team. Let's get to know a little about the man who is helping ZINC thrive.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Ecuador, in Salcedo- a small city outside of Quito. I currently live in Ansonia.
How long have you been working at ZINC New Haven?
5 years ago I started as a server and a few months ago I was promoted to manager.
How long have you been doing what you’re doing?
I have been working in restaurants since I was 18 years old. Ten years ago I started as a server by chance at a Sushi restaurant here in New Haven, Miyas, then worked in another restaurant for about three years before finding a home at ZINC.
What are your career goals?
Being involved in the restaurant business for so long I have truly grown to love it, so I would like to continue in the hospitality industry. I absolutely love everything about it, making people happy and providing a memorable experience for someone is a true joy for me.
What is your favorite thing about what you do?
As I mentioned before, I think there is so much to what I do. Providing someone with an experience they never forget is a feeling I can't really describe. I have had people come up to me and remember a time years ago when I waited on them and how happy they were. It’s such an honor and brings me such pleasure that I made such an impact on them.
What do you love about working at ZINC New Haven?
I couldn't ask for a better place to explore my career. Everything about ZINC is unique from the people to the creative menus, cocktails, and wine lists. I have learned so much about hospitality and the restaurant industry and I don't think I would have been able to do so working somewhere else.
When you’re not working, what are you doing?
In my very little free time, I love doing things that will keep me sane. I really like to work out, take care of my body as well as my mind, it helps me let off some steam. Even though I work in a restaurant every day, I really enjoy going out to dinner and just relaxing. Time alone is something I cherish as well, it helps me recharge after being around so many people each day.
JC continues to to work hard to make everyones dining experience at ZINC New Haven a memorable one. Say hi to him the next time you're in!