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Culinary Team from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth Finishes Second in National Competition
08/02/2011

FORT WORTH, Texas — A culinary team from Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth earned second place in the American Culinary Federation’s 2011 National Championship: Cooking for Life competition, meant to recognize health care chefs for their versatility and ability to make meals both nutritious and delicious.

Kelly Cook, CEC, AAC (left), food service manager/executive chef, and Sam Samuels, RD, director of nutrition services
Kelly Cook, CEC, AAC (left), food service manager/executive chef, and Sam Samuels, RD, director of nutrition services, represented Texas Health Southwest Fort Worth in the competition.

Chef Kelly Cook, CEC, AAC, and Sam Samuels, registered dietitian and director of nutrition services at Texas Health Southwest, were asked to prepare four servings of a three-course meal — an appetizer, main course and dessert — that contained a maximum of 750 calories, less than 150 milligrams of cholesterol and 750 milligrams of sodium, and at least 8 grams of fiber for the entire meal. The team prepared a watermelon, mozzarella and kalamata olive salad, sea bass with julienne vegetables and a cilantro broth, and a fresh peach and blueberry cake for dessert made with whole wheat flour and ground flaxseed.

“Many of the largest healthcare food service providers in the country were invited to compete in this event,” Cook said. “The challenge was creating a menu that met the very strict nutritional criteria and then producing the dishes in the allotted time. Earning the silver medal was a great success.”

The American Culinary Federation is a professional organization with over 20,000 members that operates the most comprehensive certification program for chefs in the United States.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth is a 230-bed acute care, full-service facility that has provided quality and compassionate care to the residents of southwest Tarrant County for more than two decades. The hospital’s services include surgical and imaging services, a 24-hour emergency department, orthopedics and sports therapy, adult critical care, and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Southwest has 992 employees, 120 volunteers, and 578 members on the medical staff. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/SouthwestFW.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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