Monday, we posted about Emeritus’s “10,000 Meals” program which seeks to encourage nutrition in the nation’s senior population. Five Star Senior Living is also focusing on nutrition as it welcomes celebrity chef Brad Miller to be a part of its dining programming. According to an article on Senior Housing News, “The chef has joined the national senior living operator full-time to revamp the operator’s cuisine and dining program, including the addition of signature dishes to community menus.”
Chef Miller is a former contestant on “Hell’s Kitchen,” a reality TV cooking show on Fox, and is now the executive chef at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga, Calif. Miller also makes appearances on the Food Network, Fox, and other media programs.
Miller will work with Five Star throughout 2014 to create around 40 signature recipes that will be incorporated into community menus. Those recipes will range from “rich fare to special dietary needs options,” the company says.
The goal is to tailor the signature recipes to regional food sources to help ensure quality and fresh ingredients. Miller is known for high-end, eclectic American-style fare that he will translate for a senior living audience, Rob Poyas, vice president of sales and marketing at Five Star, told SHN.
“Each community will have four to five of Brad’s signature recipes on their menus,” says Poyas. “Our regional dining directors are working with local chefs to find out what’s appropriate [for each community]. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes might be great for the Northeast, but Florida might want fish.”
Miller will also cook at and host community events including cooking demonstrations and chef challenges. The first challenge is scheduled for May 6-7 at Five Star Premier Residences in Chevy Chase, Md. Three other events will be held in California, Texas, and Florida throughout the year.
Watch this video to learn more about Chef Brad Miller and his partnership with Five Star Senior Living.