When searching for the best restaurants in your area, you’ll often look for reviews about the food and atmosphere. And more importantly, you’ll want to eat where the chefs are the best in the industry, with exceptional talent and a creative menu. The same goes for our residents. Our culinary team is at the top in their industry. When we say that no other senior living community has the talent that we do, we mean it.
If it weren’t true, our chefs wouldn’t continue to bring home medals year after year, as they did once again at the American Culinary Federation’s 12th Annual Cook Like You Mean It competition at Dorsey College. StoryPoint Group chefs from our communities earned medals in a cook-off between chefs from top restaurants, country clubs and hotels. After hours of competition, four chefs were victorious!
OUR WINNING CHEFS WERE:
Executive Chef Alex Gandia
1 Silver | 1 Bronze
Executive Chef Amy Langoni
Independence Village of Grand Ledge
Regional Executive Chef Ben Davis
Executive Chef Chris Gribble
A RACE AGAINST TIME
Whizzing around the kitchen, our chefs roasted, julienned and cooked against the clock while competing in multiple categories — “mystery basket,” team and individual. The “mystery basket” category tested our chefs’ quick thinking and adaptability by providing mystery ingredients on the day of the competition. These ingredients included trout, sweet potato, beef cheek and polenta.
Chefs used their years of experience to create interesting combinations, resulting in mouth-watering and tasty dishes that wowed the judges from the American Culinary Federation, who scored the dishes based on proficiency in culinary techniques, use of ingredients, presentation and flavor.
We had winning dishes such as:
- Beef cheek kabob over arugula, apple and raisin salad with a blood orange vinaigrette.
- Hoisin chicken roulade stuffed with bok choy and red pepper duxelles, with piña colada fried rice topped with Asian slaw and glazed carrots.
- Mosaic-style grouper over citrus quinoa salad with saffron foam, carrot crema, poached carrot and black caviar.
STRIVING FOR NOTHING BUT THE BEST
Winning medals is a fantastic feat for our chefs. But why do our chefs choose to represent the senior living community and go pot to pot with other chefs?
Because our residents deserve the best.
When our culinary team participates in competitions like this, they gain inspiration to continue creating delicious, nutritious, award-winning food for residents. The chefs learn new skills, get judges’ feedback and display their passions. They compete so that whenever a resident sits down for a meal, they get the best from our chefs.
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We know how important it is to find a community that cares for your loved one as much as you do. Discover StoryPoint Group — a personalized senior living experience tailored to the ones who matter most. Schedule a tour of your nearest community or connect with us by phone at 1-844-275-9990 to get answers to your questions, or just to say hello.