DOWNEY - Norms restaurant in Downey recently honored lead cook Jose Rojas with $10,000 in recognition of his 40 years with the company.Rojas started at the Norms at Sunset and Vermont as a dishwasher before transferring as a cook to the Long Beach location. He transferred as lead cook when the Downey Norms opened in 1993. His bother is also a cook at the Downey Norms. "During their 40 years these men have raised children and grandchildren while working at Norms and as their families grew, Norms grew," Norms restaurant officials said in a statement. "We are extremely proud of their loyalty and commitment because we understand our people's success is our success." In addition to the $10,000, Norms hosted a party for Rojas and his family. Banners announced the celebration, which included a luncheon with a speciality cake. Norms president Phil Singerman was on-hand to award the check and a 40-year service pin. Other employees celebrating 40 years with Norms included Manual Lopez (Van Nuys), Manuel Lopez (Lakewood) and Ramon Vallejo (Norms). "Over the years, these employees have made Norms their career, and we are extremely proud of their loyalty," said Singerman. "Really, our people are the reason our family-owned and operated chain continues to survive. We are committed to our employees, good food and good service."
********** Published: March 01, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 46