We are pleased to announce the promotion of Junior Ozorio to Sous Chef at The Greenbrier Sporting Club!
Waldson, known around The Sporting Club as “Junior,” was born in Brazil (the Amazon Jungle) and lived there until his teen years. He grew up loving to play sports, especially soccer. At the age of 13, he began working in his family’s restaurant business, where most of his time was spent in front-of-house operations. At the age of 19, he graduated with advanced techniques in table service and basic techniques in maître d’hôtel from Senac São Paulo University. In 2004, he moved to the United States to live with family in West Virginia and attended Greenbrier East High School, where he participated in the ProStart cooking program. His passion for cooking really began in 2005 through ProStart, when he competed in several culinary competitions, winning first place in the state and 13th in the national competition. It was that same year he began working at The Sporting Club as a dishwasher, and then worked his way up the ranks to Garde Manger, Grill, Sauté, and finally — Rounds Chef at The Summit. In 2010, he left The Club and, for the next five years, lived in both the United States and Brazil. During that time, he worked at Pizzeria do Campo in Brazil and The Gasparilla Inn & Club in Florida. In addition, he served as a Private Chef at the Gesundheit Institute and four years as Sous Chef at ACE Adventure Resort, both in West Virginia. In 2015, his wife and daughter moved to the United States from Brazil and Junior returned to The Club as a Grill Cook at The Summit, prior to being promoted to Chef de Partie last season and his current position of Sous Chef. In his time away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his wife, Etiene, and his “Little Princess,” Clarissa.