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August 18, 2023

The Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles Culinary Director Appreciates Their Mentor for Inspiration

Category: Senior Living

Author: Shawn Coffel, 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 The Boulevard Senior Living – St. Charles.

The person most instrumental in my personal growth and drive in the culinary field is Heath Chapman. He was my brother, and I had the opportunity to work him in Chicago at the Fairmont Hotel and in Bigfork Montana. Unfortunately, I lost my mentor in 2007. Heath paved my future and inspired me to be the person and chef I am today. He was my everything.

If I had to create one dish that best represents my mentor, it would be pan seared scallops, white truffle polenta, braised artichoke hearts, and sage brown butter. I did this for him during a pop-up restaurant series at Washington University.

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.

The Boulevard Senior Living of Saint Charles in St. Charles, MO offers senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include Meriwether's Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just south of Highway 370 at the intersection of Truman Boulevard and Ehlmann Road, just minutes from the best restaurants, shopping, and entertainment St. Charles has to offer.

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