Confessions of Rich Daehn

Published in FSD Update

Rich Daehn is an evening person, worries about controlling food costs and wants to write a book.

Rich Daehn, corporate director of culinary services for Benedictine Health System, is an evening person, worries about controlling food costs and wants to write a book.

Q. What is the best part of your job?

I enjoy serving people and helping others in our profession to understand there is more to the business than the food on the plate. 

Q. What is the worst part of your job?

Controlling food costs in a very volatile market. 

Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

Our Taste of BHS Hospitality program and the transformation from dietary to culinary services.

Q. If you had a time machine what historical event or era would you visit?

The 1950s. I think it was a much simpler time.

Q. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My type A personality.   

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

My wife, Jodi. 

Q. What would be your dream vacation?

A tropical island with no kids!

Q. What is your favorite meal?

Steak and baked potato.

Q. What will people always find in your refrigerator?

Not much; I have six kids.

Q. What food fad do you wish had never started?

Sliders. 

Q. What activity is at the top of your bucket list?

To write a book.

Q. What is the weirdest food you have ever eaten?

Deep-fried alligator.

Q. Are you a morning or evening person?

Evening.

Q. What are your words to live by?

If plan A didn’t work, the alphabet has 25 more letters. Stay cool.