Skilled Certified Chef and Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) offering expertise in creating individualized dietary care plans based on nutritional needs, dietary restrictions and health factors. Over 10 years kitchen management and State Regulation sanitary experience. Three years assisted living/rehab healthcare experience. Banquet and catering skills are bonus.
Geriatric nutrition background
Nutrition screening specialist
FDA food guidelines awareness
Healthy cuisine expert
Gluten and dairy free diets
Special dietary needs
Vegetarian health expert
State survey guidelines awareness
Food and drug interaction awareness
Banquet and Catering experience
Personal Chef experience
Culinary Instructor experience
Retail Management/ Customer Service experience
Culinary Management experience
Business Administration training
Earing my CDM license from the University of Florida
Managing a team of cooks and aides in an assisted living environment creating opportunities of happy extended lives.
Presented nutrition information and cooking demonstrations to geriatric patients at LifeCare Center of Columbia Senior Center.
Member of LifeCares Culinary Council
Creating fun themed parties for the residents and families.
Opportunities to work with several Food Network personalities
Director of Food and Nutrition CDM/Chef06/2013 to CurrentLifeCare Center of ColumbiaColumbia, TN
Collaborate extensively with interdisciplinary care team to meet the nutritional needs of each resident.
Review records and assessed the nutritional condition of at-risk residents, including those with unplanned weight changes.
Coordinate nutrition care with other members of the health care team and delegate responsibilities. Establish healthful and therapeutic meal plans and menus.
Devise meal plans in line with patients' age, gender, diagnosis, cultural background and religious practices. Encourage clients and caregivers to follow recommended food guidelines for well-balanced diets.
Consult regularly with physicians on patients' weight and hypertension control measures.
Research and identify nutritional components of foods, diets and menu choices.
Counsel patients regarding special dietary needs.
Develop and oversee preparation of specialized diets.
Recommend appropriate feeding schedules and methods to meet nutritional needs.
Department Manager of Deli/Bakery08/2010 to 05/2013KrogerFranklin, TNManaged the daily food and beverage activities including ordering, merchandising, and staff education and development.
Banquet and Catering Chef03/2007 to 08/2010Gaylord Opryland HotelNashville, TNProcurement of food, cooking, leading a team, and striving to make clients happy.
Associate of Arts: Culinary Arts2007Culinary Institute of AmericaHyde Park, NY, USA
Bachelor of Science: Marketing/ Business Administration2004Middle Tennessee State UniversityMurfreesboro, TN, USA
Associate of Applied Science: Business Administration 2001Columbia State Communitee CollegeColumbia, TN, USA