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Brenda Yndigoyen completed her internship in 2013, she is a graduate of the CETPRO of the Pachacutec Foundation in the specialty of Restaurant and Bar Service. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Gastón Acurio Alliance and Telefónica “Together to Transform”, traveled to the Casa Solla restaurant in Spain.
“I belong to the first promotion of the school of young men of the Pachacutec Institute, you can not imagine the emotion and joy to know that I was the first winner of the internship scholarship ”.
Brenda’s adventure begins when she leaves school, and decides to study something related to gastronomy. “I saw the curriculum that was offered to me in Pachacútec and I found it quite interesting, so I decided to study there.” She always put a lot of passion and commitment to the classes as to the practices she was doing, until she arrived on her graduation day and in her words she tells us how they surprised her: “on graduation day although we suspected there would be a scholarship for a internship in Spain, we had nothing confirmed until I managed to hear my name; it turns out that I was the winner of the scholarship, and I couldn’t believe it, I was only 17 years old and it was my first trip out of the country, just amazing. ”
Once established at Casa Solla, Brenda realized that the service is something much deeper, and entails more than just serving the diner. “One of the first things I realized is that in Spain the service is about a horizontal deal with the customer; he respects you because he considers you as professional as one of them and that motivates you to always give good attention. ”
His experience in Spain allowed him to know and learn various techniques, such as rhythms in the service, control of your tables, control in the precise time to serve your dishes, in addition to Become an advisor for the client and also spend time understanding and knowing the client so that you adapt to his need of the moment and help him have a pleasant time.
At first it was not easy, Brenda tells us that she spent two weeks studying the letter: “I had to learn the names of all seafood, all were new to me, but everything It was worth it, the satisfaction of doing a good job is something incomparable, and more if this is recognized. ” A few days before completing her internship, the chef talked to her and asked if she wanted to stay for three more months and she didn’t doubt it for a second and accepted.
“One of the things I will never forget is what the head of the room told me, that I was growing little by little and that I was sure that there in Peru would become head of the room in a short time; today I am head of the Panchita restaurant room ”
In such an internship it is impossible not to have a cultural exchange, she shared a flat with other practitioners from Brazil, Portugal and Spain, with whom she was able to travel to Portugal and meet beautiful and incredible places . All this experience was enriching for her “I was only 17 years old and the doors opened to a world I didn’t know, I went from being shy to being a person with self-confidence; This experience drove me both professionally and personally. ”