Staff Spotlight: Nik Perez
Nikolas Perez, Creekside's new sous chef, started his career 17 years ago when his mom, at 15, told him to go get a job. Nik started at the bottom with a stint at McDonalds, moving up to busser, dishwasher server and finally, behind the line. His curiosity about food grew and led him to find the answers through education when he enrolled at the Arizona Culinary Institute where he graduated with honors. Since completing his education, he moved up the culinary ranks rather quickly where he spent the last five years in fine dining moving into the position of Executive Chef before coming to Creekside.
"Over time I started to see that making food was not just a job, but it was a form of art. It also created passion with the fact that you get to build (something) from nothing and create beautiful pieces of food. Like a painter and their paint bush, to me, a Chef and my Chef knife. It is art, and I still have all the passion in the world."