Director of Operations
Originally from Spain, Liam Mendoza has been working in the restaurant industry since the age of 12 years old. He went to college for a degree in Hospitality, which he followed up with a Master’s in Hotel Management and a Master’s in Director of Operations. He is also a certified Wine Critic. He started managing his first restaurant at 17, slid into the hotel industry at the age of 19, and by 20 he was running a Michelin Star restaurant in Malaga, Spain – one of the youngest people in Europe to ever do so. After two years, he followed his friend and mentor to Mallorca (a Spanish island) and worked as an Outlet Manager, the captain of hospitality company staff.
Eventually, he and his mentor left to create a new chain of hotels for private investors where Liam worked as the Director of Operations and lead a team of close to 150 staff members. He found his way to Sozo by following his wife back to her hometown of Kearney, Nebraska. Since he moved here, he feels that his biggest accomplishment is how he has been able to adapt to the Midwest – the people, the culture, the food, and of course the weather.
Ben Polk always had a good eye and taste for food. From as far back as he can remember, his dream was to be a Chef. He began working in the food industry in college, where he studied Communications. After college, he began working as a server at a local cafe and was quickly promoted to the back of the house where he worked as a Kitchen Assistant. He became fascinated with the different cooking techniques and loved having a creative outlet. A little shy of a year later, he was hired at Sozo American Cuisine as a Barista and a host.
He then took the skills he gained as a barista and moved to a local coffee shop in town that he and his wife helped open and shared the title of Lead Barista. Within 6 months he also became the Lead Coffee Roaster. A year and a half later, he was offered a job at Angus as the General Manager.
All of the beef used comes from one source:
Nebraska Star Beef
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