Three reasons to choose a culinary career in senior living
Jeff Wuollet, Executive Director or Culinary Services | Jul 19, 2022
What comes to mind when you think of a culinary career in senior living? If you think of preparing soggy meatloaf and creamed peas—think again. Residents at Walker Methodist enjoy beautiful plates of food prepared by expert chefs. Choices from high-scale menus. Meals inspired by their travels, fond memories, and favorite flavors. Working on a culinary team in senior living can be exciting. I love that our chefs and culinary teams can be creative. There are so many opportunities for them to use their skills and develop new ones.
Looking for a culinary career? Here are three reasons to find a place in the world of senior living:
1. Work-life balance
A job in a restaurant can mean working long hours, plus weekends, nights, and holidays. At Walker Methodist, we prioritize work-life balance for our team members and offer flexible scheduling. For example, you can be done at 7 p.m. and be off every-other weekend. Looking for job security, consistency, and a schedule that works for you? This might be the role for you…
2. Learn and grow
Jeff’s team includes chefs who have been through culinary school or have real-world experience. But anyone with comfort in the kitchen and a willingness to learn is welcome to apply. “Our culinary directors work with people to train them and develop skills,” explained Jeff. “We value people who have goals and ambition. Growth is realistic and attainable.” When you join our team, you’ll find yourself surrounded by professionals who want to help you become the best you can be.
3. Make a difference
For residents (and team members), food is more than just nourishment. When you serve the same people on a regular basis, you get to know each other. From likes and dislikes to family and hobbies, real relationships are developed. “It’s so much more special to cook for people you know,” commented Jeff. “At Walker Methodist, you can live out your dream of being a chef while also making a positive impact on the people you serve.”
Consider Candace: With a degree from Le Cordon Bleu and years of professional experience, she’s now found a meaningful career at Walker Methodist. “I’ve always loved seeing someone smile because of a meal. For our residents, a meal can truly be one of the highlights of their day,” she said. “I do what I do because I believe people, especially older adults, can teach us so much.”
If you’re looking for a meaningful career—where you can grow as a professional, too—a culinary role in senior living might be just what you’re looking for. “It’s so rewarding to serve others. I love when people realize this career can be glamorous, too. We make fun food!” Jeff concluded. “You build relationships with team members and express yourself through food. And, you contribute to something very meaningful.”