FACES of Olive Garden | Chris Wayne

Jun 28, 2016 9:40 AM ET
Meet Chris Wayne, general manager of Olive Garden in Anderson, SC.

Darden Digest

At Olive Garden, our team members serve as the faces of our brand and ambassadors of our core values. They make an impression on every guest who walks through our front doors, delivering great food, an engaging atmosphere and unmatched service. We are strong and successful because of our people, each with diverse talents and backgrounds, who respect each other and enjoy working side by side to serve our guests and communities

These are the FACES of Olive Garden.

Meet Chris Wayne, general manager of the Olive Garden in Anderson, SC

As a boy growing up in Greenville, SC, Chris didn’t know his career path would take him to Darden or Olive Garden. That is, until one day when he was hired as a busser at age 14 at a hamburger restaurant in his hometown. He believes some people are born to be athletes and he was born to have a career serving food, his guests and his team. “We couldn’t get to where we are as general managers without a strong team behind us,” Chris said. 

Developing those connections with people is what Chris thinks is key to his career, much like the dedication he shows every guest who walks in the door.  Watch Chris telling his story here.

About FACES of Olive Garden

With the FACES of Olive Garden, each week we introduce a few of our many amazing team members. You’ll hear their stories and learn why they enjoy working in a fun, supportive environment that makes them feel like part of our family.

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