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Harwood Place, Wauwatosa, chef: Retirement community residents travel

Harwood Place, Wauwatosa, chef: Retirement community residents travel

Kristine M. Kierzek

Tonya Garrido, the chef, poses in front of a mural in the formal dining room at Harwood Place Retirement Community. The dining room is a Tuscan theme.

Tonya Garrido’s first introduction to specialist kitchens was as a waitress at a Greek cafe. She was so enticed by the refreshing food items and cooking she wanted to find out additional. Heading a phase even further, she resolved to attend culinary faculty at MATC. Even if she was not guaranteed she’d cook professionally, she figured she could become a far better cook dinner and feed her relatives.

Two decades afterwards and she’s nevertheless smitten with cooking and feeding some others. 

She’s worked her way up to govt chef at Harwood Place Retirement Community, 8220 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, helping to construct a culinary plan that differs significantly from when she begun as a line prepare dinner 19 yrs ago. Focusing on scratch cooking for inhabitants at the retirement facility, she oversees almost 250 foods each day. Not only does she have to deal with distinctive tastes and pursuits, cooking for an getting older populace also implies addressing dietary considerations and how a meals may be geared up or served. Garrido embraces it all, and needs to unfold the phrase that there are selections for culinary careers exterior dining establishments.