In the past couple of years we’ve had a few changes in our kitchen staff. First, in 2012, we said goodbye to our beloved Head Cook Hazel Mines who left for the pleasures of her well-deserved retirement. We’ve really missed her — she was with camp for over 30 years!
Last year Alene Overstreet came on board as Head Cook and we thoroughly enjoyed having her. Recently her work situation at home changed, however, and she no longer has the summers off to work at camp. We will miss her, too.
So we were back to searching for a Head Cook again, as well as an assistant.
As Facilities Manager, Garrett O’Dell oversees the kitchen, therefore he performed the search and interviews. He was thrilled to meet Marc Rogers, and after an interview and several conversations, Marc, who is currently a Sous Chef at Southern New Hampshire University, was hired!
By way of introduction, we thought we’d share with you some information about Marc so that you’ll be familiar with his background and kitchen passions.
Who is Marc Rogers?
Here’s a little bit of history about Marc, told in his own words.
I was brought up in a rural/farming area of New Hampshire where I resided in a historical farm house built in 1742. This, and my mother being a historian, led to my love of history and an appreciation of it.
I was raised in a home where I was taught about faith, freedom, and family. While living in a small town may have its stereotypes, we lived near bigger cities such as Boston. My mom made sure I was a well-rounded country boy.
He also has some things to say about his management style:
My personality is relaxed. I’m direct at times; however, over the years I’ve become more tactful and polite. I try to approach each person on their own individual level. I also like try and look for solutions rather than temporary fixes; solutions where I can implement better methods and ideas that benefit all involved.
What is family life for Marc at home?
I’m the proud dad of four wonderful girls, one of whom looks down upon us now. The others are nine, eight, and six. Trust me when I say they own daddy.
I’m an American of Scotch-Irish decent. I’m a musician, of sorts— I play bagpipes. To add to that already interesting mix, my bride of twelve years is of Pennsylvania-Dutch, Irish, and German-Jewish heritage. Talk about an interesting background for the kids!
My nickname at camps is Papa Bear. After you meet this fun loving Scot you’ll understand why.
With each new Head Cook there are opportunities for the head to make his or her mark on the kitchen. Marc has his goals, too. He wants to:
- Operate an efficient program.
- Improve food taste, quality, and appeal.
- Revisit what we’ve done, and how it was done. Take a look at ways to improve or build on those things.
- Smooth kitchen operations, to make it flow, including times for staff to recharge and opportunities to learn new things.
- Most importantly have a great summer filled with laughter and fun times!
We thank Marc for taking the time to let us (and you) get to know him better. And, as the father of daughters, we sure hope his girls might attend camp in the future — providing he likes the job of Head Cook to a gaggle of Ghany Girls and sticks around for future summers. ;)
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls