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August 18, 2023

Carriage Court Senior Living Culinary Director Appreciates Their Mentor for Inspiration

Category: Senior Living

Author: Julia Miller, Culinary Director

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 Carriage Court Senior Living.

The person most instrumental in my personal growth and drive in the culinary field is Jeffrey Hower. We met at Carriage Court Senior Living, and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with him for one year. Unfortunately, Jeffrey has passed, so I can no long call on him for guidance.

Chef Jeff was a great friend and mentor, he taught me so many things. He inspired me to grow my skills in the kitchen, and as a manager. His perseverance and the effort he made to improve the culinary department are what inspired me to apply for the Culinary Director position after his passing.

If I had to create one dish that best represents my mentor, it would be beef brisket, because it is a dish he held a lot of passion for making and serving at a high end quality.

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.

Carriage Court Senior Living in Hilliard, 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. Located in a quiet neighborhood just off Main Street and Scioto Darby Road with convenient access to major shopping centers, Heritage Golf Club, and Highway 70 and Highway 270.


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