Every one of us strives to answer this question: What do you want to do with your life? We soul-search and plan, but sometimes life takes an unexpected turn. Many Darden managers fell into their foodservice careers — and then fell in love with the work. Meet one of them, Christina Ransom of Seasons 52.
Q. How long have you been with Seasons 52, and what was your first job with the brand?
A. Nearly three years ago I helped open the Seasons 52 restaurant in Bridgewater, NJ, as a server. I later cross-trained as a bartender and became a trainer. Last July, I transferred to the Orlando, FL, location for family reasons and was recently promoted to service manager at the restaurant in Altamonte Springs, FL. I’m 23 and have worked in restaurants since I was 16 except for short stints in retail and as a dance teacher. I like the challenges of the restaurant industry because there is always something new and exciting — no two days are the same.
Q. When did you decide to focus on a restaurant career?
A. I started college with plans to become a high school English teacher, but I was working at Seasons 52 and really came to admire the brand’s dedication to continuous learning and training. So I changed directions and earned an associate degree in business administration, which helps me understand the behind-the-scenes facets of the foodservice industry. One of my favorite things about Seasons 52 is its dedication to training team members so we can present the best version of ourselves to our guests.
Q. What professional achievement means the most to you?
A. I was named Seasons 52’s Team Member of the Year (in service) for 2017. I was nominated by my team in Bridgewater, and when Seasons 52 President Brian Foye called to tell me I had won the award for the whole company, I almost dropped the phone! This honor means the world to me.
Q. You’ve obviously found the right career, but if you could perform any job in the world for just one day, what would it be?
A. I would be a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. I danced ballet and tap for 17 years, but it’s such a competitive field. I still dance for fun, though, and I have a black belt in taekwondo. Staying active and challenging myself to learn something new every day is important to me.