Welcome to Meet Your Manager where you’ll get a chance to learn about the individuals driving Zerocater’s culinary partnerships to change a $130 billion industry with technology that helps companies build a better workplace culture through food.
- Josh Kameny
- Sr. Manager – Culinary Partnership Development
- New York City
What did you do prior to joining Zerocater and how did you end up at Zerocater?
I always say that these are some of my first roles at an office without a walk-in refrigerator because throughout my career I have managed event operations within dynamic NYC venues including restaurants, hotels, and corporate offices. After over 15 years of creating memorable events, I shifted into the hospitality-tech space, taking the lead in collaborating with caterers to utilize innovative technology to enhance their operations during some of the most challenging times in our industry’s history. As the industry continues to emerge in a strong way I have landed on the Culinary Partnership Development Team at Zerocater, ready to build our next great chapter as teams continue to enjoy delicious meals together and enhance their company culture.
What is unique or motivating about the work you are doing at Zerocater?
The past two years have forced the hospitality industry to innovate in ways that were unprecedented and Zerocater is uniquely ready to provide the products and guidance to our partners to succeed together. As we continue to navigate the challenges ahead our Culinary Partnership Development team will help caterers across the country get back on their feet and take advantage of their full potential to service the return to office environments in flexible ways. Through these partnerships, we will have the opportunity to bring joy to corporate cultures and fill bellies as teams collaborate in the office once again.
Since you are fairly new to joining Zerocater, what project or initiative are you most excited about?
I’m most excited about our Hybrid Cloud Cafe offering which is able to solve the unique desires of any company returning to the office. Whether there is a need for individually packaged meals or family-style buffets or anything in between, our products and partners can help feed teams and help build back the office cultures of tomorrow through the use of innovative technology.
Which Zerocater value resonates most with your team?
Lead with Trust and Respect is a value that is central to all of our culinary partnerships. Through a collaborative and consultative approach, we are able to understand the capabilities of our partners and navigate the challenges of the industry together. By developing trust in our partnerships and respecting each other during the most difficult times we can leverage the shared strengths of our teams to solve the needs of our customers at every turn.
If there was one word or phrase that describes your company culture what would it be and why?
Collaborative – Everyone’s voice and opinions are encouraged and heard in an environment where the best results come from tough discussions and supportive debate. By encouraging a diverse set of viewpoints I find the most successful outcomes are achieved.
What was your least favorite food as a child? Do you still hate it or do you love it now?
Peanut butter has forever been my least favorite food and I have NEVER eaten a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I have grown to enjoy peanut butter in Asian cuisines but beyond that, I can still barely make my children’s lunch and wash my hands furiously if I touch it. The worst is biting into a peanut butter cookie without knowing!
If you could pick one meal to eat every day for the rest of your life what would it be?
Sandwiches! (Except peanut butter and jelly obviously). The diversity of sandwiches is endless and the quality of the ingredients that go into them helps fuel people on the go across the globe. Whether a torta in Mexico, a gyro in Greece, or a panini in Italy, the combination of fresh bread, delicious components, and exciting toppings will always craft a fulfilling handheld meal.