Leading Industry Chefs Choose Hospitals Over Fine Dining

By Kent Hamaker posted 05-30-2018 16:32


Chefs Join Self-Operated Hospital Foodservice to Make a Difference in Patients’ Lives

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2018) — When you picture having a meal in the hospital or when visiting a relative in an assisted living facility, a five-star dining experience doesn’t usually come to mind – but it should. In fact, many chefs are leaving the long hours and demanding role of head chef in fine-dining restaurants to serve a different kind of patron – healthcare patients, residents, and their visitors. As healthcare organizations recognize the role of good food in healing due to the public’s demand and shifting trends in healthcare nutrition, chefs all over the country are finding unexpected rewards in an often-unexpected career turn, to healthcare self-operated food service.

But how does a chef end up working in a hospital or long-term care facility after spending years in the bustling restaurant business? Many different paths lead chefs to healthcare foodservice – and when they arrive, chefs are surprised to discover it is their dream job. Some have even said they feel a higher calling to this profession and the simple act of serving those in need has made all the difference.

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