NEW HYDE PARK, NY —
Chef Bruno Tison has joined Northwell Health, becoming the first and only Michelin Star chef hired by a health care organization in the United States.
"This is the first time Northwell has hired and created a position such as this because there is a real need for it," said Chef Tison, who spent 14 years as the Executive Chef at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Chef Tison plans to visit all Northwell hospitals to train kitchen staffs at their individual facilities. His first stop was to LIJ Valley Stream Hospital, where Chef Tison prepared the quintessential comfort food for convalescing and cold weather – healthy chicken soup from scratch. His seasoned techniques included whole chickens and vegetables – and no dehydrated powders, which are commonly used in hospitals.
"It's an honor and a privilege to work with such an amazing chef like Bruno," said LIJ Valley Stream Executive Chef Patty Sobol. "He's got a wealth of knowledge and we can't wait for Chef Bruno to inspire us and help us make our food even better."
As part of Northwell's Food and Nutrition Wellness transformation, kitchen staffs across the system will learn to create food that supports healing and well-being by using less salt and sugar while avoiding saturated fat. The goal is to minimize the use of frozen and canned goods, serving foods with minimal processing and opting for baked instead of fried foods.
"I'm going to re-train and re-teach the culinary departments to provide not only the patients, but employees with fresh food," Chef Tison said. "We want to keep patients and employees healthy and we want our patients to look forward to a great meal."
Under his leadership, Chef Bruno's team at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa in California has received Michelin Star recognition for three consecutive years. His role at Northwell Health will include system-wide oversight of food quality, culinary training, menu and recipe development.
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About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State's largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, more than 600 outpatient facilities and nearly 15,000 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 63,500 employees – 15,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We're making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu