It’s been a minute, but we’re back with another edition of People of Demetres. This time around we sat down with Andy & Kimdang to find out what they get up to outside of these ice cream covered walls (ok, not literally but wouldn’t that be nice?), and any advice they have for our incoming Artisans at our new Markham restaurant. Onwards!
Andy’s part of our Artisan team, and he has big dreams and an even bigger heart. Coming from a family of five brothers, Andy has his sights set on becoming an aerospace engineer with a side hustle in buying and selling rare sneakers.
Hi Andy, tell us about yourself 🙂
I have five brothers and I go to Ryerson right now for aerospace engineering. I just finished my third year – I did OK. I’m now working at Demetres over the summer, and I’ve been here for two years.
How did you get started with us?
One of my friends worked at the Demetres near Royal York station, and she really liked it so I applied online for this location. I’m pretty happy I got the job because I’m still here now, two years later.
What do you get up to when you’re not at work or school?
I like to hang out with my friends a lot. I’m really into hockey, I used to play when I was younger but I mostly watch now. I support the Leafs even though we just lost… I also play a lot of video games like League of Legends and Hearthstone. Most of the time if I’m free though, I’m probably hanging out with my girlfriend. I’m really into board games so we go to Snakes & Lattes a lot.
Top 3 board games?
Avalon, Resistance, Cash & Guns.
What do you want to do when you’re done with school?
I want to work for Bombardier. Bombardier or Honeywell – I just want to stay in my field. I originally wanted to be an architect and be able to put my name on a building but then I found out that there was a lack of jobs for architects… so now I’m doing rocket science!
I’ve never been outside of Canada, well I’ve been to Detroit but that’s as far as I’ve gone so I definitely want to travel. I want to go to Vietnam and meet my grandparents. I would also like to go to Japan and Russia, and my girlfriend wants to go to Aruba.
If you had to give one piece of advice to new Demetres Artisans, what would it be?
For the first two weeks of work, it’s going to suck and it’s going to seem overwhelming for anyone who’s never worked in a restaurant before. I was supposed to only work here for a summer, but I’m still here because I like the work environment – the staff actually care. This job is what you make it out to be – you can just go to work and leave, but I don’t see it like that. I have made a lot of friends here and gained some valuable job experience, it’s a good community.
Next we’re saying hi to Kimdang!
Having joined the Demetres team a few years ago, Kimdang is now leading our new Markham restaurant as a Manager. Organization skills and punctuality aside, Kimdang is quick to laugh and even quicker to lend a helping hand 🙂
Hi Kimdang, tell us about yourself!
Well I’m done with school and I’m graduating this year from the early childhood education program at Guelph-Humber University. I went into this program when I didn’t really know what to do, but taking care of kids was something that I had done a lot of previously so it just seemed natural to me. I considered becoming a teacher, but there are no teaching jobs in Ontario and the process to start teaching is so long that it just doesn’t seem worth it. Now I’m helping to open the Downtown Markham Demetres!
What do you get up to outside of work?
I hang out with friends and watch shows, movies, YouTube, etc. I always try to go out and check out new places that are close to me. A great place I checked out recently – I really like Thai food – is Pai. My favourite Thai place used to be Salad King…
We make ice cream, so we gotta ask: what’s your go-to ice cream flavour?
The flavour that I always eat is durian. Kekou Gelato has it and it’s so good. Durian is a flavour where you either love it or you hate it, and I love it.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
My number one place would be Hawaii – it’s just somewhere that I have always wanted to go. The culture there just seems really chill, the food looks good and the water and island are gorgeous – at least on video. Other places include Japan, Bora Bora, Bali, basically anything that looked good in the YouTube vlogs that I’ve watched.
What’s one piece of advice that you would give to our new Artisans?
I would say that this is a very unique opportunity. No matter what role you’re in, I think you can learn a lot from it that would apply to life in general, especially in terms of people skills. A lot of people say they quit their jobs because of the management, maybe because the management’s priorities aren’t right. But if you work at Demetres, your voice will be heard and if you don’t like something, you can change it so that it becomes an environment that you do like working in.
Thanks for tuning in folks!
And a big thank you to Andy & Kimdang for sitting down with us 🙂 We’ll be back later this week with a Mother’s Day recipe and in the mean time, we’ll be giving you a daily dose of dessert over on Instagram (@demetres).