Who Said Hospital Food Was Bad? LMC is home to "Chef of the Year"
Lexington Medical Center executive chef Jim Lassiter takes a bite out of the competition when it comes to setting an example for healthy eating and nutrition education. The Midlands chapter of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) honored Lassiter with its annual Chef of the Year award.
Lassiter supervises food preparation and service for the Sunset Café, Park Café, Doctors’ Lounge, Child Development Center, inpatient meals and hospital catering.
Each year, members of the ACF select a Chef of the Year based on contributions to the organization and the community. To qualify for the award, the recipient must be a member in the ACF and participate in volunteer activities such as the Chef and Child program, which teaches proper nutrition to elementary school children.
“I fully support the ACF, and if they need volunteers, I am happy to serve,” said Lassiter. “I truly enjoy doing it.”
Other volunteer activities include participating/judging cooking competitions, helping the community with food preparation needs and working with non-profit groups such as Harvest Hope Food Bank. Lassiter has been a member of the ACF since 1996 and has served as its secretary for three years.
The ACF is an organization of chefs and cooks that promotes culinary education at all levels and encourages the growth of professional chefs and the foodservice industry. It has more than 22,000 members at 230 chapters in four regions across the U.S. The Midlands chapter has 63 members.
Lexington Medical Center has received national attention for its menus, including its Better Choices eating campaign, which encourages patients and hospital employees to eat healthy through improved menu choices and education.
And Lassiter is no stranger to cooking awards. He won the Premier Culinary Creation Contest in 2001 and a bronze medal at the Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Supply Show in 2008.