Elena Brown of Denver Business Journal reports on Jill Paradis, who runs Denver-based Culinary Translations, a food and kitchen safety training course for restaurants workers, primarily for those who speak only Spanish.
“I let the staff know their job isn’t just about prepping veggies,” Paradis said. “It’s about keeping people healthy.”
The restaurant industry is concerned about food safety, and as the Spanish-speaking work force grows, so does the need to teach them about food safety practices, said Paradis.
Before she began the business, she was program coordinator for Share Our Strength Operation Frontline, a nonprofit organization that teaches low-income women about food safety, nutrition education and financial budgeting.
The course covers hygiene, food temperatures, proper cleaning and food handling, she said.
The Denver-based National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has certified Paradis as a Certified Food Safety Professional. To keep credentials current, members must pay dues and earn 24 hours of continuing education by attending annual conferences. Conference cover food safety topics such as onsite wastewater systems management.
Culinary Translations’ clients include fast-food chain Qdoba and local restaurants such as the Avenue Grill. Many of her clients are mountain restaurants such as The Sonnenalp Resort of Vail and the Beaver Creek Chop House.
Paradis received a degree in organizational communications, with a minor in Spanish, from The Metropolitan State College of Denver in 2000.