“The Omelet Man,” Robert Johnson, was presented a Ring of Stars award on Oct. 21, for his 33 years of outstanding service to St. Mary’s University and Aramark, the campus’ food service provider.
The Ring of Stars is Aramark’s highest form of recognition for hourly associates and field managers around the world, according to the company. Only 200 employees earned this honor from a field of 270,000, of which 1,400 were nominated by their colleagues.
Johnson has been bringing smiles to St. Mary’s students’ faces since 1982. For the past 23 years, he’s manned the grill in the Diamondback Café, routinely preparing multiple orders of omelets, breakfast sandwiches and migas at the same time. Students affectionately refer to him as Robert or “The Omelet Man.” He says he loves the challenge students give him, and he takes it on with no hesitation.
“I want to make sure everyone has a good breakfast before they head out to class,” Johnson said.
Aramark hosted the winners and their guests at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix for a three-day celebration. Winners attended educational sessions, networked with peers and the executive leadership team, participated in recreational activities, and celebrated at a Ring of Stars awards dinner and ceremony. Each winner took the stage to receive a custom-designed championship ring and enter into Aramark’s highest honor, the Ring of Stars.