Chef Spotlight

Juan C. Diaz – Spring Meadows Libertyville

Chef Juan says “What I like most about this industry is my opportunity to give back to the seniors. I respect their history and each individual story that they share with me.” I enjoy the mix of heritage and the challenge of cooking for so many moms.” Juan says that he plans to continue to work in this industry for as long as he is able. “I love what I do!”

Linda Hofer - The Waterford at Ames

Chef Linda Hofer has been a culinary wizard for a better part of 40 years and still states “My best years are ahead of me, as I continue to learn and grow in my art.” She joined the management team at The Waterford at Ames almost two years ago and has completely transformed the dining experience by creating brilliant culinary masterpieces day in and day out.

Jerry at The Waterford at Fitchburg

Chef Jerry, at The Waterford at Fitchburg, has been in the restaurant business for 50 years and has been cooking professionally for 40 years. He began his career at just nine years old as a dishwasher and has remained in the business since then. “I found a home here and enjoy watching people smile after a great meal.”

Alfonso Belman – The Wellington at North Richland Hills

The Wellington at North Richland Hills has a number of strengths that make it a wonderful place to live. One such strength is the Food Service Director, Alfonso Belman. Alfonso’s passion is to cook homemade food as well as cooking new recipes from different cultures all around the world. What he likes most about his job is the personal satisfaction he feels when his residents are happy and satisfied with the food he prepares for them.

Joyce Draught - The Remington at Valley Ranch-

The Chef at The Remington at Valley Ranch, Joyce Draught, was born and raised in Dallas, TX., and has been in the community for 8 years. She has over 35 years of culinary experience as well as an extensive background in modified dietary programs.

In her career, she has worked with numerous dieticians in rehabilitation and specialty hospitals.  She has also worked with many Chefs from Philly to Las Vegas and in some of Dallas’ most upscale restaurants before settling into the senior living industry.