Polk County, Florida’s elite chefs were stunned last night when a little known chef from a small retirement community took top honor at the Top Chef of Polk County competition, a fundraiser for the Achievement Academy.
Florida Presbyterian Homes Executive Chef Ronald Mayer wowed the judges with a delectable five course menu paired with local winery Keel & Curley selections at the April 20th event held at The Lakeland Center.
“Ron is an extremely accomplished and experienced chef with over 35 years in the industry,” says dining services manager Russell Colleran. “He embodies the culinary spirit of creativity and execution. Food is very important to the residents we serve and we are so proud to have him as our chef.”
Both Ron and Russ have the culinary expertise to work in any venue of their choosing, but felt called to serve in the rewarding senior living industry. Both came to work at Florida Presbyterian Homes in 2014, enthused by the organization’s mission of providing compassionate, personalized continuing care and service of the highest quality. When they were approached by the Achievement Academy about participating in their special event they did not hesitate to get involved.
“We are extremely pleased with the high quality and fresher food Ron and Russ are providing in our dining room every day,” says executive director John Hehn. “As we age food remains such an important pleasure. Going to the dining room to eat with friends is the highlight of the day for many of our residents.”
The mission of the Achievement Academy is to assist children with special needs to reach their maximum potential by providing quality education, therapy and family support. www.achievementacademy.com