August 18, 2023
In a world where culinary masterpieces are pushing the boundaries of flavors and presentations, there exists an invaluable secret to culinary success, mentorship. Behind every chef’s triumph, there stands a guiding light, a culinary mentor, who ignited the flame of passion and drive, unlocking the true potential within a budding culinary enthusiast. A mentor can present oneself in a variety of ways. It may be hands-on cooking in the kitchen and guiding with culinary techniques, providing direction with passion, drive, and inspiration, or pushing the mentee through the tough days, knowing the outcome will be much greater. The person who can spark creativeness and help shape a culinarian’s journey from raw talent to culinary brilliance, creates the type of stories we love to share at Hudson Grande Senior Living.
The person most instrumental in my personal growth and drive in the culinary field is Aaron Ruggles. I was privileged to work along-side him for seven years and we continue to stay in touch through texts.
A mentor is someone that will take the time to train and enhance a skill set of the person they are mentoring. I thought I knew so much coming out of culinary school, but quickly found out I hadn’t even scratched the surface of some of the most basic things. Aaron taught me more than school ever could, from different recipes, styles of cooking, how to take risks (they didn’t always turn out), how to be a better chef all around, and how to become a leader in the kitchen.
If I had to create one dish that best represents my mentor, the dish that comes to mind is a slow smoked beef brisket, cumin-coriander roasted carrots, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, and his Wagyu beef meatloaf.
As we continue to push our creative menus and flavors, we can reflect on all the amazing culinary mentors out there who have dedicated their time, energy, and wisdom to help develop us as Culinary Directors, along with their teams. As the culinary world evolves, one thing remains constant, the torch of culinary mentorship will continue to shine and bring new, upcoming chefs into our communities. Let us celebrate this tradition by raising a toast to the mentors who enriched our lives, giving us the opportunity to taste their delectable creations.
Hudson Grande Senior Living in Hudson, Ohio offers assisted living and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just north of the Stow-Hudson Towne Center with easy access to a wide variety of attractions and local shopping.
September 15, 2023
National Assisted Living Week is a special time when assisted living communities come alive with celebrations that bring residents together. It’s a chance to share stories, make memories, and enjoy events that show the strong bond among residents, caregivers, and families. This year, the theme is Season of Reflection. For our community, it’s important to […]
September 1, 2023
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