Chefs who make a difference

These 10 chefs are influential not only in their operations but their communities as well.

 
 
 

Youness Jaafar
Executive Chef
Normandy Farm Estates
Blue Bell, Pa.

Why Chef Youness?
According to Marianne Jones, regional director, culinary and nutrition services, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities:

“A chef at Normandy Farms Estates for a year now after being promoted from his sous chef position, Youness brought five years’ chef de cuisine experience, having worked in some grand local restaurants. He is familiar with French, Mediterranean, Asian and American cuisine. Youness is the type of chef every manager hopes for. He intimately understands flavor profiles; trusting him with menus and production work is never a problem. He is driven to meet the department, community and company goals, and he preaches the message of our mission and creates expectations for his team.

Nothing is ever too much to ask; his answer is always, ‘If that is where you are leading, then that’s where we’re going.’ He is incredibly adaptable. Working in less than ideal conditions at times, he makes do with what he has. He manages to turn out his restaurant-style menu on a daily basis using a kitchen originally designed for institutional cooking.

He also is innovative; most recently he has created a series of ‘pop-up’ restaurants for residents, including a French bistro concept called Chateau de Vire. The menu included three appetizers—steamed mussels, lobster mac and cheese and a Bistro salad—and three entrées—Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Brussels Sprouts, Onion Confit and Marsala Cream; Veal Tenderloin with Sweet Potato and Yukon Gold Gratin, Broccoli Rabe and Maderia sauce; and Flounder En Papillote, served with farmhouse potatoes and vegetables.”

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

The Virginia Department of Health said it has traced a “cluster” of hepatitis A cases to frozen Egyptian strawberries used by Virginia units of a smoothie chain.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe voluntarily trashed the strawberries and switched to supplies from a different source immediately after being notified of the connection, the health department said in a statement issued Friday.

The department noted that it had traced earlier outbreaks of hepatitis A to strawberries imported from Egypt. But it warned that supplies may still be in the freezers of other foodservice operations...

Managing Your Business
business man smash computer

Foodservice directors spend a lot of time taking care of other people, whether it’s K-12 students who aren’t always eating enough at home, malnourished patients back for return visits or employees squabbling among themselves. That kind of pressure can weigh heavily—and come home from work. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America finds that 83% of men and 72% of women say stress at work carries over into their personal lives, and 50% call staff management their main culprit for workplace stress.

“Stress is very difficult in our world, and work-life balance is very much a...

Industry News & Opinion

Students at an Arkansas high school may have to take creative measures to get a meal, thanks to a school policy that prevents parents from dropping off lunches left at home.

The Catholic High School for Boys in Little Rock, Ark., last week posted a picture on Facebook of a sign that reads, “Stop. If you are dropping off your son’s forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please turn around and exit the building. Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence.”

While social media opinions on the school’s rule were mixed, some commenters expressed concern that...

Industry News & Opinion

Novato Unified School District in Novato, Calif., has created a new vegetarian grab-and-go item as part of the district’s Meatless Monday initiative, marinij.com reports .

The Fiesta Rice and Bean Shaker, which is served in disposable cups, contains rice, corn, black beans, taco seasoning, corn tortilla chips and romaine lettuce topped with an optional salsa and ranch dressing. It’s also customizable, as students are able to select which ingredients they’d like to include.

The vegetarian shaker is made using produce from a nearby organic garden. Sofie Garcia, an employee in...

FSD Resources