Holiday Retirement: How long have you been a chef? How many of those years have been at Holiday?
Chef April: I’ve been with Holiday for 19 years. I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was 16 and figured out right away after going to school to be a paralegal that food was my passion.
I earned a degree in hotel and restaurant management and got a job at a restaurant after graduation. The chef there saw some potential in me to be a strong back-of-house employee and convinced me to give it a shot. I’ve been cooking ever since!
HR: Interesting! So, you originally wanted to be a paralegal? What made you change your mind?
Chef April: I was in the law library of my school doing real estate research and realized it just wasn’t for me. I’m more of a people-person. I didn’t want to sit behind a desk.
HR: What’s your favorite part about your role at Holiday?
Chef April: Definitely the residents and the staff. This is like my second family. It’s like having the same customers every day – I like to know that I’m part of their wellbeing and that they’re taken care of when I’m here.
HR: Do you have a favorite Holiday memory?
Chef April: Of course! Two residents decided to get married, so we threw their wedding for them. We made their reception dinner, decorated the atrium, the whole shebang. I remember the bride saying how perfect everything was and how she finally got her fairytale wedding.
HR: Do you have a recipe you’d like to share?
Chef April: I love baking with the residents around the holidays. We do traditional cookies, gingerbread men, sugar cutouts, etc., but we also do some more creative desserts. One of my favorites is white cranberry cashew truffles.