There is an incorrect but widespread stereotype that older communities are places where older people decline. Jonathon Bolton, an executive chef of the Resort Lifestyle Community (RLC), says the same stereotypes can be applied even for people working in older restaurants. Bolton went on to state that there is a saying that senior living is where a chef goes once they have retired, but that is not the truth.
Bolton, who is working on a cooking program at the RLC Daniel Puente retirement community in Charleston, South Carolina, wants to change this stereotype. He frequently posts gourmet photos on LinkedIn and other social networking sites to show the world that older people’s diets can be as sexy as anywhere in the wider cooking environment.
There is no easier way to show people what we do than display an image, according to Bolton. He went on to say that the Senior Community restaurant is becoming one of the highest-end restaurants, and he wants to provide proof. Retaining and attracting culinary talent happens to be a vital and difficult piece of advice for any advanced housing supplier, and as RLC develops, it is also necessary for RLC including the right ‘recipes’ of success.
Bolton, who owns an iPhone and some photo editing tools, took shared photos of decadent desserts, creamy pasta, and colorful salads. His update didn’t go as planned, but Bolton said he shared new food photos with RLC about every week.
He explained that while this practice was proud of Bolton, it also was able to help recruit some new chefs and even provide better training to currently employed chefs. Bolton also gave a talk on food photography and social networking at a recent RLC chef conference.
Lincoln-based Nebraska company had recently opened up the Huntley, Illinois independent
living community called Huntley Springs Retirement Resort. This community has 128 apartments, dining options, including a 24-hour chef’s kitchen and joy Time Room. According to its website, in total, the provider currently has 45 communities.
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