Oct 20, 2009 12:08 PM by sleonard
METAIRIE, La.-The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) is pleased to name Boubekeur Aliouche of Café Vermilionville in Lafayette as a 2009 recipient of the Restaurant Legends Award.
The Restaurant Legends Award recognizes the long-term dedication of employees who make up the backbone of the restaurant industry, with 20 or more years of service at one foodservice establishment.
Aliouche, a native of Algeria, came to the United States as an exchange student in 1977 and attended Carnegie-Mellon University, Texas A&M University, and finally the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, where he began work as a dishwasher at Café Vermilionville in 1983. Over the next 26 years, he was promoted to fry cook, grill cook, pantry chef, sauté cook and pastry chef.
According to Café Vermilionville owner Ken Veron, Aliouche, is an ideal employee, who has shared his strong work ethic with his children. "Boubekeur has worked his way up from dishwasher to pastry chef. He never misses work and his son has carried on the tradition, as he works for us as well."
Aliouche was honored yesterday evening for his accomplishments at a LRA Acadiana Chapter General Membership Meeting and Dinner at the City Club at River Ranch in Lafayette.
"We hope to encourage younger workers to follow the example Boubekeur Aliouche has set for the industry," said Jim Funk, president & CEO of the LRA. "Jobs within the restaurant industry, and those that service the restaurant industry, can be lifelong, meaningful careers."