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New Chef Manager is excited about staff, upcoming menu offerings

People are the recipe for outstanding dining services

Brian Buck is chef manager for dining services at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.

Chef Manager Brian Buck came on board with Lawrence Presbyterian Manor toward the end of October, and already he’s seen what it takes to keep everything running smoothly and oriented toward quality and consistency.

“The staff here has been outstanding,” Brian said. “They are pulling together and doing everything they can through this holiday season. I can honestly say I’m proud of everything they are, each and every one of them. As busy as this season has been, and all the changes and challenges that came with it, I could not ask for a better staff. They have a heart and passion for our residents and work well together.”

On most days, Brian goes through a detailed inspection of the kitchen and its equipment. He also works to help staff grow and develop new skills to better serve clients. Depending on the day, he might also conduct inventory, order supplies, attend meetings, line out menus, or help with production.

But the favorite part of his job is mingling with residents.

“It’s always nice to hear the good comments that I can pass on to the staff,” Brian said. “Everyone likes to hear when they are doing well. I like hearing the bad comments, so we can use that as an aid to help prioritize what we need to work on to improve or change.”

Recently, Brian has been working on a new slate of winter menu items that he’s excited for residents to experience in the coming months.

When he’s not working to serve top-notch cuisine to residents of Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, Brian enjoys spending time with his family.

“I've been married for 21 years to my wife, Janet,” Brian said. “I have three stepchildren, grown and out of the house, and have a grandson that just turned 18 and a granddaughter that just turned 4. We have one dog, Max. He's a 12-pound, poodle/bichon mix that thinks he's as big as a great Dane. I enjoy woodworking, playing pool and bowling. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and friends.”

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