International Chefs Day – A Tribute to the Culinarians from Ruck-Shockey Associates, Inc.

Posted on October 20th, 2021

On October 20th we celebrate a great group of people that keep us all entertained with food, recipes, and showmanship in and around the kitchens of hospitals, retirement homes, colleges, universities, corporate headquarters, and other venues not to mention those in restaurants too!

Ruck-Shockey is honored to have a group of very talented culinarians on our team. You can find more about them all here.

Michael Babines
Steve Bergman
Jennifer Hesmondhalgh
Donnell Jones-Craven
Anthony Laub
Michael Salvatore

What do these food leaders do to keep ahead of the culinary trends? How do they flex those math skills in the kitchen to scale that recipe brought in by one of your customers? What makes them put tuna with cauliflower and expect someone to eat or enjoy it!?

Our team does all that and more on any given day in any operation that they are partnering with. They lead a team of production staff, cooks, sous chefs, and others with ease. They make cooking for 100’s look super easy. The food comes in the door, but how do they know what to bring in, what ingredient will work in that recipe? The food goes through its process and then comes out with a beautiful plate presentation. And they hardly break a sweat!

The dedication to a craft, learning the skill of cooking and the science and math behind each culinarian is amazing. Some biochemists can’t even do the ‘food math’ involved in scaling a recipe. And know that behind every great dietitian is a Chef genius helping them scale or find an ingredient that takes it from a ‘bad’ food to a good food with the flick of an order guide!

“To become a doctor, you need to go to medical school. To become a lawyer, you need a J.D. But to become a chef, you just put your time in at restaurants and learn by doing.” – Caroline Schiff

A few of our chefs have shared their favorite recipes for you to try at home or maybe put into your operation. We hope you enjoy the treat and likewise share your favorites with others.

Help us celebrate these great men and women of the culinary world and say thank you to the ‘chef’ the next time you dine out or grab a bite to go!

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

Bon Appetit!