Chefs who make a difference

Published in FSD Update

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

Jose Zuluaga
Executive Chef
St. Andrews Estates North Campus
Boca Raton, Fla.

Why Chef Jose?
According to Virginia Ohanian, director of culinary and nutrition services:

“Executive Chef Jose Zuluaga creates and supports an atmosphere graced with dignity and respect for all fellow employees, residents and guests. Our customers remain Jose’s top priority. He views each obstacle as a learning experience and passes this attitude on to his staff and those around him. Jose never allows his outside distractions to interfere with his on-the-job performance.

Jose is passionate in his career as he continuously stays abreast of current culinary trends and tailors them to exceed the expectations of our elderly population. He is the first one to come up with new ideas and recipes. His brain never stops working on what he can do to make residents’ lives more fulfilling with the power of food.

With his innovative thinking, he has created a series of unique menus for a wide spectrum of dining venues. These include a themed café, six country kitchens, a candlelight birthday celebration and a late-night dining program, just to name a few. He is very conscious of the residents’ culinary needs and strives each day to exceed their expectations. Jose responds with urgency to any request that residents may have and is always trying new recipes and different foods to tempt their palates.

Through pop-up restaurants, cooking demonstrations, special themed catered events, and even through his daily meal preparations, he splashes his work with individuality, creativity and love. Jose treats every resident and their family members with hospitality and graciousness, as if he were entertaining guests in his own home.

Jose is our rock in the culinary department. He takes ownership and pride in his work, which is something that others seek to emulate. I have never worked with a more committed chef, because he truly puts his heart and soul in everything he does. Chef Jose has set and continues to raise the bar, motivating his staff to reach new heights as well. He has truly been an inspiration here at St. Andrews. Chef Jose remains the heart and soul of our kitchen.”