Kaiser’s Cafeteria Gets High Marks from Visiting Future Chefs

September 19, 2012 • 558 views

If you, like many others in our community, are ever having to spend any amount of time at the Kaiser Baldwin Park Medical Center, you probably have visited their cafeteria. And if you have dined in the cafeteria you probably pretty much enjoyed it. Some people even schedule their medical appointments around a time of day that allows them to enjoy a convenient meal at the cafeteria and if you are one of those people you will probably enjoy the following story.

Baldwin Park, CA - Certified Executive Chef Stein Amland, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, hosted 9 students who are currently enrolled in the Baldwin Park Adult Continuing Education (BPACE) Food and Hospitality Service/Culinary Arts Program on Wednesday, September 12.

Chef Stein discussed how to become a certified executive chef, his background, his role at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park, various new food and nutrition menus including Meatless Mondays and Mix It Up, an upcoming gluten free menu, and the importance of using fresh herbs and spices, which he grows at the Baldwin Park Community Garden.

“I serve on the Culinary Arts Advisory Committee for BPACE. During a discussion about what types of experiences would benefit the students, I suggested that the students visit our medical center,” explains Karen Williamson, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park. “Hospitals are changing the way they provide food—to patients and in the cafeteria—by hiring executive chefs. I shared that we had recently hired an executive chef and thought it would be a good opportunity for the students to learn about our services, meet our chef, and see him working in the hospital environment.”

Chef Stein was born and raised in a small island in Norway. He had his first cooking experience as a child helping his mother prepare dinner for the family and has grown to enjoy cooking. His formal culinary training began in Norway’s military school where he earned his cooking license. In 1976, he moved to the U.S. and continued his training through the American Culinary Federation where he earned his certification as an Executive Chef. Over the years, he has worked in colleges and restaurants throughout Orange and LA counties. In November 2011, Chef Stein joined the Food & Nutrition Services team at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center. With 50 years of cooking experience, Chef Stein’s goal is to enhance the eating experience for patients, staff, and visitors at the medical center.

“The students and I were amazed and pleasantly surprised to see a facility that services such high volume of people and produces fresh and high quality menu,” says Leslie Riley, Chef Instructor, Baldwin Park Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education.

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