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August 18, 2023

Vitalia North Olmsted Culinary Director Appreciates Their Mentor for Inspiration

Category: Senior Living

Author: Rocco Piscioneri, Culinary Director

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 Vitalia North Olmsted.

The person most instrumental in my personal growth and drive in the culinary field is Claude Rodier. We met at Sans Souci Restaurant in Cleveland where I was fortunate to work under his guidance for three years. As my mentor, he was a true teacher that cared about my growth.

If I had to create one dish that best represents Claude, it would be bouillabaisse. On the surface it is a simple dish, but the amount of technique to produce the dish correctly is always impressive.

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 Culinary Directors, along with their teams. 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.

VITALIA® North Olmsted in North Olmsted, OH offers 55+ villa homes, senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Kingston’s Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Comfortably located right off Lorain Road just minutes from a wide range of shopping and attractions.

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