28 Feb Interview to Diana Scorta
What do the juvenile penal law and serving in a Michelin starred restaurant have in common?
Apparently nothing, yet often appearances can be deceptive. This is what we are being told by Diana Scorta, a 25-year-old laws student, who joined LUME team in September 2017. Diana is one of the few ladies working here, in Via Giacomo Watt 37.
Diana is one of those rare, delicate and polite people, who love to reflect but not to be in the spotlight. Once the embarrassment is over, she confides: “Catering is a sector in which the female presence is clearly inferior to the male, and my LUME’s experience is the first work experience in a team made up of men only; joining an already compact group was not easy, especially for a shy and introverted girl like me”. “But the obstacle is more psychological than real”, Diana immediately points out, “all the staff at LUME welcomed me with enthusiasm and support, and even if my university commitments do not allow me to live a full time of team’s life, I am happy to be part of the group”. What do you like about this job? Diana explains it, lighting up with enthusiasm and from her word shines a kind heart, telling us with small attentions and unexpected gestures.
“What I love about working at LUME, she says, ”is the fact that being there, I have to interpret the needs of the clients, not just accept them and serve them. LUME is not just a nice restaurant to dine in, but a place to live an unique experience, during which you leave aside the problems and thoughts of every day. I like to think that, thanks also to me, LUME’s clients will pass moments of complete serenity. That’s why I try to get in touch with them and to offer them the perfect evening”.
When we asked her what she would like to do “when she grows up”, Diana smiled. She is attending the last year of Law at the University of Milan and she is also working on her thesis for juvenile penal law, in order to participate at the judiciary competition. When we asked her the reason with regards to her choice, given the vastness of the las areas, Diana answered: “The connection with people is fundamental for me: much more than anyone else, minors they must be understood, helped and protected, and this is really important for me”. And there he is, the invisible thread that binds the service in a Michelin starred restaurant and juvenile penal law; it is the human component, the relationship and the comparison with others. With the related differences, Diana ranges between these two worlds, between explaining a dish to the clients and a paragraph of the code of penal procedure to be learnt by heart, with the same lightness though.
“What else makes you feel good?”, we asked.
“Playing”, answers Diana and her eyes light up. She tells us with great affection of her mother’s great passion for metal music, an unusual soundtrack for someone’s childhood, which led her to fall in love with the guitar in turn. “When I started strumming by myself, I was seven years old, initially playing was a game, but soon the game turned into passion”: at the age of eleven, during middle school, Diana chose to go to the Civic School of Music. Growing up, the study load also grows; Diana chooses to attend the Liceo Classico and in the meantime she enrolled in the Conservatory, giving the private exams. She remembers those years with pleasure, surrounded by the beauty of the Napoleonic palace that still hosts the Liceo Classico Setti Carraro dalla Chiesa. When was forbidden for private students to take exams for the Conservatory, for a moment, Diana sees her dream broken down, but she didn’t give up at her passion for the music and the year she enrolled in the Faculty of Law, she also begun a path triennial at the Conservatory.
“That period was not easy”, she confessed; the need to find a job has been added to study and music, meaning taking away from Diana time and strength. But Diana doesn’t let go, “I
did and I still do what I have to do”, she says smiling. We cannot do anything except smiling back with great admiration for the humility and dedication with which Diana faces all her commitments, without renouncing her passions and her future. Perhaps someone might say that Diana does not do something different from many of her peers, but the positive attitude with which she deals with things, remaining polite and helpful with others even on her worst days, is indeed a rare thing.