Simone Cormier, National Spice Coordinator
- What does your title mean?
I oversee the Allegro Spice program for all regions and teams including all research and product development, sourcing, assisting with inventory management, pricing, marketing, customer service, demos and spice education.
- When and where did you get your start at Whole Foods Market?
I had worked as a chef in my home state of Louisiana prior to starting as a part-time Seafood Team Member in 2004. After several different positions on the Seafood and Prepared Foods teams in stores in New Mexico, Texas and Colorado, I worked as the Regional Executive Chef for our Rocky Mountain region for two years. I was testing and working on reverse engineering some spice blends for Allegro before the launch of the spice program in 2010. When the position of National Spice Coordinator was posted, I was intrigued about focusing my culinary skills on one great aspect of food – spices – and interviewed for the position, and got it. In 2011, I started writing my monthly “Spice Journal” after realizing our Team Members really had an interest in learning about spices, and I just sent out issue number 34!
- A recent, memorable day:
I visited our main paprika supplier in the Negev Desert in Israel during the harvest. Besides product development, my favorite part of the job is visiting farmers at origin and actually going into the fields, touching and tasting the raw product, and seeing it harvested and processed – start to finish. Seeing the complete cycle of life for a spice is incredibly important to me.
- What do you like most about working at Whole Foods Market?
Opportunity. I feel I always have the opportunity to do the best job I can, and also there are always new opportunities that come about at Whole Foods Market. Be great at what you do, and you have a good shot at getting a great opportunity.
- What advice do you have for people considering joining the Whole Foods Market team?
Have a strong work ethic and do your best at all times. Go above and beyond as often as possible. Be invested in your position and care to do a good job.