Head chef retiring after 11 delicious years in the kitchen
After 11 years cooking for the BMC community, our head chef Alan Stafford has decided to step away from the stove. He recently informed us that he will be moving back to Boston this spring.
As many of you know, Alan has been an inspired and often inspiring creative in the BMC kitchen. He has accommodated a wide variety of dietary needs with thoughtful imagination. What is probably hidden from Residents’ eyes are the many other ways in which his diligence has served the Center. Alan created meals that incorporated the most fresh and natural foods available to our remote location. He worked closely with the morning kitchen staff, sharing with them a commitment to cleanliness and community satisfaction, maintaining a professionalism that would put many NYC chefs to shame.
Alan set a high standard with that professionalism for every hour of his 11 years at BMC. He gave gifts not only of cuisine but also of flowers, humor and broad-ranging intelligence. When we got behind on current affairs, it was he who could be turned to for an update.
To say that we will miss Alan is both an understatement and a misrepresentation of his contribution. Yes, there will be a new cook. But Alan’s legacy will be a living one. Our garden is more beautiful because of him. Our kitchen organization is more rational and health-preserving because of him. Our understanding of how to be both creative and responsible accessing food for an institution is deeper because of him. Our sense of what constitutes a great meal is richer…because of Alan.
I know you join the current and past BMC staff in thanking Alan for the wonderful work he has done to enrich our experience of life at the Center. If you would like to be in touch with Alan directly, please write to him at BMC (PO Box 109, BML, NY 12812) and we will forward his mail once he is settled in Boston.