It takes many hands to make an assisted living home run successfully. Administration and nursing staff are obviously critical. However, let’s not underestimate the importance of nutritious food that tastes good.
This week, we’re going to take a moment and get to know our own Chef Wayne Butler. Wayne has been in the food service industry for twenty three years, and Director of Dietary Services at Wentworth Home since 2010. Wayne takes great pride in serving healthy food and satisfying meals.
An early start in food service began with a program offered at Wayne’s high school that gave students the opportunity to work in hotels and restaurants and learn the trade first hand. “I met and worked with chefs that inspired me with a sense of pride in their work and showed me that you can have a rewarding career in the food service industry.” Wayne then attended Newbury College for Culinary Arts on weekends while working full time.
Wayne loves the creativity of putting together a menu for Wentworth Home residents, meeting the challenge of giving consideration to nutrition, residents’ requests and varying dietary needs. “I have an incredible support staff that really knows the wants and needs of the residents. They are, my eyes and ears of the dining room, where comments on the food is often shared. Success really is a team effort.”
The menu at Wentworth Home runs on a three-week rotation and changes seasonally, allowing us to use fresh, local produce when available (you can check out our current week’s menu here). With menu favorites such as Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Cod Fish Cakes and Ribs, Wentworth Home doesn’t serve your typical “institutional food”. This is restaurant-quality cuisine. Wayne’s training and dedication to his craft has resulted in food that truly stands out.
Wayne also creates special menus for the various events that Wentworth Home organizes for its residents, families, staff and guests. Wayne notes, “I love our special events. It gives me the chance to show my culinary talents and do something different.”
“You eat with your eyes first. If it doesn’t look good, chances are they won’t even try it. I remember one of my teachers saying don’t serve anything you’re not 100% proud of. I have tried to use that way of thinking in all aspects of the culinary business. My job is to please the customer, whether they are a resident at an assisted living home or a customer at a local restaurant.”
With dedication like that, it’s no wonder that Wayne’s food service is valued so highly by residents and staff alike.
If you would like more information about the menu at Wentworth Home or any other services that we offer, please contact us at (603) 742-7406 or complete our online form here to schedule a tour or receive more information about our facility. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about assisted living care.