Maria Jedynak


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–       Sodexo – Lead Cook 2005-Present

–       Millview of LathemN – Night Cook 2010-2011

–       Uno’s Restaurant – Waitress 2008-2010

–       Schenectady County Community College – Graduated 2009


–       Maria has been fat her whole life, and she isn’t shy to talk about it.  After losing over 80 lbs on Weight Watchers, she has a new outlook and appreciation for the food she cooks and the portions she eats.

–       Of Native American and Ukranian heritage, her family raised her to dislike Jewish people, so when she was angry, she would sing “Driedel, driedel, driedel!” defiantly.

–       With her quirky laugh and deep voice, she definitely seems like one of the guys in the kicthen!

–       Maria’s mother waited tables her whole life, and Maria’s family told her that she would end up “a nothing,” just like her mother.  She has a lot to prove as the underdog, and winning Hell’s Kitchen would be a big “eff you!” to her family and doubters.

–       Ask Maria what her favorite job was, she’ll tell you it was when she worked at Disney, because she “got to go to the happiest place on earth for free and ride Space Mountain on off days.”