Retirement Village Chefs Face Off in OPRS Culinary Showdown

Food-savvy residents are the real winners when top chefs are pitted against each other in a timed challenge Saturday, March 9.

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Fish Tacos

Wonton Fish Tacos with Asian Root Vegetable Slaw

When we feed chefs' competitive natures, those sharpened skills and best practices carry over into everyday standards. It's our residents who really win — tantalizing, sophisticated meals.

Columbus, Ohio (PRWEB) April 02, 2013

Chefs from a family of retirement communities create nutrient-packed, flavorful dishes for foodie judges in an all-out cookery showdown.

Top culinary professionals from six of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services' (OPRS) communities faced off in a timed challenge for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Two-chef teams from Breckenridge Village, Cape May Retirement Village, Lake Vista of Cortland, Rockynol, Swan Creek and Westminster-Thurber Community had 75 minutes to prepare, cook and present their entrees and sides.

Winning dishes fit within nutritional guidelines, such as a max of 700 calories, and cost less than $7 to produce. The plates and teams were judged on culinary skill, organization, originality, presentation taste and presentation.

"When we feed chefs' competitive natures, those sharpened skills and best practices carry over into everyday standards. It's our residents who really win — tantalizing, sophisticated meals," says John Andrews. Andrews is the director of OPRS' culinary and nutritional services department.

The cook off's No. 1 dish was created by Swan Creek Retirement Village's Chef Patrick Young and Chef Stacy Chesney. Their Wonton Fish Tacos with Asian Root Vegetable Slaw took home the gold.

Click here for three more medal-winning teams and recipes.

Chefs Young and Chesney are entering for a chance to showcase their talents in the national Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) 2013 Culinary Competition. Only eight chef teams will go for the gold during AHF's June conference.

"In today's retirement community, full-flavored, savory food is the attraction. OPRS chefs know their craft and are proud to create that kind of food every day," says Andrews.

The competition was held at Columbus Culinary Institute, in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, March 9, and was open to the public.

MEDIA TOUR INVITATION: Members of the professional working media are invited to tour our kitchens with introductions to campus chefs.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Chef Patrick Young and Chef Stacy Chesney's gold-medal winning Wonton Fish Tacos with Asian Root Vegetable Slaw.

Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services is the largest and most experienced not-for-profit provider of continuing care retirement communities and services in Ohio. With headquarters in Columbus, OPRS serves more than 90,000 people in 40 Ohio counties through its wholly owned subsidiaries OPRS Communities and Senior Independence. OPRS Communities operates 11 retirement communities. Senior Independence provides home and community based services, operates 13 adult day centers and manages six senior centers, in partnership with local governments.


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