Boston Children’s Hospital opens new food court ‘Chef’s Playground’

Boston Children’s Hospital officially opened its new renovated food court, Chef’s Playground, an $11 million reimagining of the drab hospital cafeteria.

The redesign includes local restaurants, such as Regina’s Pizza, along with national chains such as Starbucks and Subway. The 12,000-square-foot cafeteria was completely remodeled, including whitewashed walls and brightly colored lights in the ceiling. In addition, there is a Kid’s Play Area, which includes coloring stations and screens on the walls that have images that can be manipulated by the children.

The food court is attached to the main lobby. When patrons enter, they are confronted with a touch screen iMac bar to the right, and a Starbucks to the left. Ahead is the seating area and the Kid’s Play Area. Beyond that opens up into a larger room, featuring most of the restaurants and the Chef’s Playground station.

“Our marquee station is truly Chef’s Playground,” said project manager Paul O’Connor. The station will feature a rotating bevy of celebrity and local chefs, who will cook unique meals for hospital patrons that would be otherwise unavailable in their respective restaurants. Two chefs that will be cooking at the station in upcoming months are Rachel Klein of Liquid Art House and Tiffani Faison, head chef of Sweet Cheeks Q. The hospital will host one celebrity chef and one local chef each month, and in the times when no guest chef is available, the hospital employs two certified executive chefs.

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