Business-grad-turned-pastry-chef wins a top honor

As an employee of Aramark-Western Carolina University, Brian Arrington ’90 not only takes the cake, but he also bakes it. Head pastry chef for Aramark’s catering division, Arrington recently received the Employee of the Year Award from the university’s campus dining services partner. A native of Waynesville, he returned to the campus kitchens in 2008 after working in a similar capacity for the Waynesville Country Club.

Arrington, who had previously been with Aramark at WCU from 1998 to 2000, said that his favorite part of the food service business is baking, and that his specialty is cheesecake. “I got into the pastry side of food service in the early 1990s at the country club in Waynesville,” he said. “It soon became my forte and it is still the part of culinary that I like best.”

He’s been winning more than top honors from his company. He’s also winning rave reviews from his campus customers. “Since Brian has been with Aramark, planning what scrumptious treat to serve to board of trustees members, Board of Governors members, honorary doctorate recipients and other special guests has been easy,” said Terry Welch, assistant to the chancellor. “While we go over every detail of the rest of the dinner menu, dessert is never a problem. We simply ask for ‘anything by Brian!’ We know it will be wonderful.”

Arrington, who earned his degree in business management, lives at Lake Junaluska.