AHF Announces Culinary Competition

APRIL 16—The Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) will stage its first Culinary Competition June 7 during its inaugural conference in Austin, Texas.

For the competition, five teams will compete in a Food Network-style format. Each team, comprising and facility director, will have 75 minutes to prepare, cook and present one entrée and sides. Each team will have to use two ingredients provided by Tyson Food Service, the sponsor of the event, to create dishes that fit within stated nutritional guidelines and cost $5 or less to make. The dishes will be judged on use of texture and color, originality and plate presentation.

“As the president of the only self-operated healthcare foodservice association in the country, I am proud of the level of expertise that is representative of our independent foodservice facilities,” said AHF President Kris Schroeder, administrative director of support services for the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. “The healthcare industry nurtures the best and brightest culinary talent and we are excited to offer them an opportunity to showcase their talents in this highly competitive competition.”

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

Two chefs at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., are trying to help solve the Mars food dilemma, myfoxspokane.com reports .

Just outside the school’s cafeteria, Executive Chef Timothy Grayson and his partner, Christine Logan-Travis, are trying their hand at growing tomatoes, oregano, basil and other plants in Martian Regolith Soil, the closest soil on Earth to that found on the fourth planet from the sun.

All of the plants in the Mars-inspired garden are intended for human consumption.

“It is a reality that at some point, if man goes to Mars, they will need to...

Industry News & Opinion

Access to fresh produce just got easier for students at the University of Virginia.

The Charlottesville, Va., university’s dining service has partnered with Greens to Grounds , a student-run nonprofit organization that delivers locally grown produce to students. Though students could previously purchase Greens to Grounds produce, they can now use a portion of their meal plans to do so, thecavalier.com reports .

Students can choose between a snack box or produce box, the ingredients in which usually require no cooking, and can place their orders online. The base boxes cost...

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...

FSD Resources