Five health care communities recently participated in the Cooking Challenge for Charity held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet. Chefs from Village House, Benchmark Senior Living, Epoch on Blackstone, Scalabrini Villa and The Seasons took part in the ultimate “cookoff” to see who is the “Top Chef.” Celebrity judges included Cindy Salvato of RI Culinary Tours, Chef Frank Terranova of Johnson & Wales University, Joe Zito – TV Maitre D’, Chef Kevin Sutcliffe of Atria Senior Living, Charlie Hall from Drink & Dabble and Paul Palange of Senior Digest represented the professional “Judge’s Table.” More than 200 attendees also got to vote for the “People’s Choice.”
The Judge’s Choice First Place for Taste was Chef David Magnelli from The Seasons with his Venison Tenderloin and a tender Scallop in a Squash nest. Chef David Magnelli has also had a varied career in the food industry and joined The Seasons as Executive Chef in 2011. The Seasons in East Greenwich is an independent retirement residence for seniors and memory-impaired adults. The Alzheimer’s Association raised more than $8,000 at the Culinary Challenge. Pictured here are: Seth Foss, sous chef from The Seasons; Bella Garcia, special event coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association; Camilla Farrell, development director, Alzheimer’s Association; Joseph Cooke, director of Dining Services, The Seasons; and David Magnelli, executive chef, The Seasons.