Qs + As with Jonathan Cetnarski

Our Qs + As series features current, past and quite possibly, future clients.  We’ll be digging a little deeper to learn about their passions, inspirations, and brunch orders.

 
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President & CEO of NYC’s Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI), Jonathan Cetnarski, aims to redefine the culinary school experience for the 21st century.  He believes that ensuring food security, sustainable practices and the humane treatment of animals is imperative to the future of food.  The core of NGI’s culinary perspective is supporting high-standards and healthy-focused cooking.  Jonathan is committed to providing all students with the tools to enter the food industry with NGI’s leading educational curriculum.

Q: What would you be if you weren’t in your current role?
A:
A Cultural Anthropologist

 

Q: What was the biggest roadblock you faced when starting your career?
A:
Belief in my own abilities

 

Q: What is the last picture you took on your phone? 
A:
The Tower of London from the 52nd floor of The Shard

 

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve
A:
The word “irregardless”

 

Q: What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?
A:
Take what you do seriously, but never yourself

 

Q: What is your go-to brunch order?
A:
Pancakes with butter and syrup

 

Q: What is your favorite holiday? 
A:
Thanksgiving

 

Q: Where do you find your creative inspiration?
A:
People watching in NYC

 

Q: If you were able to send a one-sentence note to your 13-year-old self, what would you say?
A:
“Follow your passion and interests, the money thing will work itself out”

 

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A:
Vanilla

 

Q: What is your personal necessity? 
A:
Massage and Acupuncture

 

Q: What is your personal indulgence?
A:
Pasta

 

Q: How would you describe yourself? 
A:
A techie who has gone foodie. A social justice warrior.  A lover of humanity.  Planet friendly globe trotter.  A futurist who lives presently