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August 18, 2023

The Wellington Senior Living Culinary Director Appreciates Their Mentor for Inspiration

Category: Senior Living

Author: Rick Hoenshell, Culinary Sous Chef

In a world where culinary masterpieces are pushing the boundaries of flavors and presentations, there exists an invaluable secret to culinary success, mentorship. Behind every chef’s triumph, there stands a guiding light, a culinary mentor, who ignited the flame of passion and drive, unlocking the true potential within a budding culinary enthusiast. A mentor can present oneself in a variety of ways. It may be hands-on cooking in the kitchen and guiding with culinary techniques, providing direction with passion, drive, and inspiration, or pushing the mentee through the tough days, knowing the outcome will be much greater. The person who can spark creativeness and help shape a culinarian’s journey from raw talent to culinary brilliance, creates the type of stories we love to share at The Wellington Senior Living.

The person most instrumental in my personal growth and drive in the culinary field is Chef Allen Blair. We met during my apprenticeship at Shadow Glen Golf Club. I was fortunate to get to work under him for three and a half years. We continue to stay in contact, and I was able to attend his retirement party last fall.

To me, a mentor is someone who not only takes on your professional growth but is considerate of your personal growth as well.

If I had to create one dish that best represents Chef Blair, it would be coco-chili pork tenderloin with cheddar grits and chipotle crema. He taught me to think outside the box with food and the importance of understanding different cultural foods.

As we continue to push our creative menus and flavors, we can reflect on all the amazing culinary mentors out there who have dedicated their time, energy, and wisdom to help develop us as a culinary team. As the culinary world evolves, one thing remains constant, the torch of culinary mentorship will continue to shine and bring new, upcoming chefs into our communities. Let us celebrate this tradition by raising a toast to the mentors who enriched our lives, giving us the opportunity to taste their delectable creations.

The Wellington Senior Living in Liberty, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Liberty Hospital with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Shoal Creek Golf Course, Historic Downtown Liberty, Stocksdale Park, and Martha Lafite Thompson Nature Sanctuary.

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