Chefs who make a difference
These 10 chefs are influential not only in their operations but their communities as well.
Executive Chef, Sodexo
Florida Blue, Jacksonville
Why Chef Tom?
According to Damian Monticello, corporate hospitality services manager for Florida Blue:
“Chef Tom uses his culinary expertise to continually give back to his community through service and education. His tireless work ethic is contagious, and many of those who work alongside him have been inspired to give of themselves as well. He truly does not understand the word ‘no’ and gives freely of his time and passion any chance he can.
For example, each year Chef Tom volunteers his time in conjunction with the Legal Affairs Department of Florida Blue for a day of service at Pine Castle (an agency that serves adults with developmental disabilities through a continuum of services tailored to address needs and lead to greater self-sufficiency, as well as increased quality of life and meaningful inclusion in the community). Chef Tom singlehandedly prepares a full barbecue lunch for over 350 people on that day. He spends the morning on the grill at Pine Castle cooking up hamburgers and hot dogs as well as interacting with all of the residents.
In conjunction with Florida Blue, Chef Tom participated in a Fathers that Cook fundraiser aimed at encouraging and celebrating fathers that were active participants in their family’s lives.
Chef Tom works with all of the Employee Resource Groups at Florida Blue to put together a Chef Demo series in conjunction with the various Heritage Month celebrations. The Chef Demos are an opportunity for Chef Tom to take a menu staple of a particular culture and teach people simple ways to make adjustments and prepare it in a more nutrient dense and healthy way. These Chef Demos are a huge hit and allow our customers a chance to interact with Chef Tom in a classroom-type setting and pick his brain on all things culinary.”