Restoration staff Ricardo “Rickey” Torregano is one of 22 college catering associates named a catering hero among 400 national nominees.
Ricardo “Rickey” Torregano of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Campus Dining staff member, has been honored as a restaurant hero by the publication Food Management.
Torregano is one of 22 college catering associates selected from a pool of 400 applicants nationwide. He was honored for his commitment to customer service.
“I love this job,” Torregano said. “When I set a table and someone walks up to me and says, ‘That’s beautiful,’ it makes me so proud to know that I’ve been part of making an event happen.”
For 45 years, Torregano has been dedicated to providing quality customer service and ensuring that everyone it engages leaves the conversation with a smile. He has held a variety of positions, from catering for the Blazer Catering Co. to retail and resident catering capabilities.
“His willingness to step in and help anyone in need is unparalleled,” said Brian Bowser, Resident District Manager of Campus Dining. “Every day, Rickey exemplifies the definition of hard work and dedication that we value at UAB Campus Dining. He embraces UAB’s shared values every day.
Food Management showcases trends and best practices, products and solutions that connect to non-commercial foodservice professionals. Four key on-site segments – college and university, K-12, healthcare, and commercial and industrial catering – are the focal points of its coverage. The publication’s audience receives both general information and the specific knowledge they need to better manage their business.