experts: FoodE Expert Tim Mohn
unraveling a kitchen conundrum? Our in-store FoodE Experts, including Tim Mohn
at our Wayzata store, are up for the challenge – just ask!
is a FoodE Expert?
Like other foodies, I love to cook, but our job is so much more than standing
behind a demo table and handing out products for people to taste. I make it a
point to show every customer who walks through our doors that whether they need
help finding something, want assistance in planning a meal for their family or
a party, or if they just want someone to bounce ideas off of, I am here for
them. I understand that not everyone enjoys being in a grocery store, but I
respect that they still choose to go and shop for fresh, healthy ingredients.
The least I can do is offer my assistance to make a customer’s shopping trip
that much quicker, and hopefully, that much more enjoyable.
led to your interest in food and cooking?
My interest in food came at a very early age; I was a growing boy who
ate a lot of food. There came a point when my mother couldn’t keep up with me;
she made three meals a day, yet I was always hungry. As a result, I had to get
creative, and I forced myself into learning about different parts of the
kitchen, and what certain ingredients do in certain dishes. I learned the most
by keeping a close eye on my mom while she was working in the kitchen, and
occasionally asking a few questions. As I got older I ate more and more, and
during my junior year of high school I discovered a culinary arts class and my
life around food changed forever.
long have you been working with food?
Although I just joined Lunds & Byerlys about nine months ago, my
passion for food and my culinary experience started back in high school when I
worked at a local Dairy Queen. I used the job as an easy way to make money, and
little did I know that this was the first steppingstone in a – hopefully – long
career in the culinary industry. After high school I decided to attend The Art
Institutes International Minnesota, where I studied baking and pastry. While
attending school I took a job at a Lebanese restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis
where I learned how to prepare some of the freshest Mediterranean and
Lebanese-style foods the city has to offer.
After school I began working at a small cooking school in Eden Prairie
where I discovered a new side to my passion: talking to others about food,
teaching them how to make food, and exploring different concepts within certain
foods and cuisines. Not knowing exactly what the FoodE program at Lunds &
Byerlys was, I entered an interview room on a recommendation from some close
friends and realized right then and there that this was a company that I wanted
to work for. I consider myself so blessed to have landed at Lunds & Byerlys
with such great people. I pinch myself every day because just when I thought I
was happy and settled, something bigger and better came around, and I haven’t
looked back since.
do you like most about your role?
Growing up I played a lot of different sports, and I often held the
position of the team captain, a role in which I thrived. I loved being the
person someone could go to if they had a problem or needed help. It is a role
that I pride myself on having still to this day. I want to be the person that
everyone, whether they’re a customer or employee, feels that they can go to,
whether it’s food related or otherwise. Many people crumble at the thought of a
wrench being thrown in their plans; some of the questions we get as FoodE
Experts feel like just that, and I take pride in knowing I can thrive in those
situations. I enjoy knowing what I say or recommend can positively impact
someone’s day or meal.
Q: Do you
have any tips for our customers?
Food is the most important part of our lives. It can change your mood,
your health, your views on life, but most of all, it’s one of the greatest
social tools out there. Food brings people together; whether you’re crowding
into a kitchen during a cocktail party, or a group of dads is standing around
the grill discussing who grills better, everybody likes food. Eat it, talk
about it, and enjoy it!