Restaurant Employee of the Year Shelly-Ann Thompson of the Tropical Trader Restaurant Group said she is delighted with the honour.
The Cayman Islands Tourism Association’s annual Stingray Awards recognise excellence in the tourism industry. Ms Thompson is a shift supervisor at Chicken! Chicken!, a role that has many aspects.
“I close up, order goods, make sure that everything is in order in the restaurant and work with customers, the cash register and a lot of different things during the course of a day,” she said.
Ms Thompson began working at Captain’s Bakery when it opened in 2000 before moving over to her current employer in 2005, she said. She hails from Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica originally.
“My mum is a manager for Captain’s Bakery in Kingston, Jamaica and she knew someone who came here with the crew to open a branch here and that is how I first came to Cayman.
“Working here I learnt a lot of stuff. When I was in Jamaica, I was a supervisor in a warehouse but didn’t go to nice places. Here I go to functions, do new stuff, meet new people and smile and laugh with them. I really appreciate being in Cayman and all that I have learned here.” Ms Thompson said she was excited to be nominated for an award.
“I have to give God thanks; if it was not for him it would not be possible. I am excited and thankful for everything the company has done for me, to see what I have done. I am very proud and still rejoicing.
“I had a really fun, awesome night. It was my first time at The Ritz-Carlton, so it was excellent.” For young people looking to get into the industry, Ms Thompson has some sage advice.
“Take your job seriously and do your best. At the end it really does pay off. We need to humble ourselves and listen to what people have to say. Take heed, do the best you can to the best of your ability.”