Welcome to Our Thirty Fourth Issue!

February comes from the Latin word februa, which means "to cleanse ". The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a month long festival of purification an atonement.
Featured Chef Jung Hyun Park

Chef Jung Dishes

Featured Chef Jung Hyun Park After earning a degree in food science at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea, Junghyun Park took off far and wide, he eventually traveled to more than 30 countries. From Europe, he headed to Melbourne, Australia, where he ended up working at Andrew McConnell’s Cutler and Co. for nearly three years before returning to Seoul to work in Chef Jung Sik Yim’s newly opened, fine-dining establishment, Jungsik. When a satellite of Jungsik opened in New York City, Park led the American team as chef de cuisine, turning it into one of the best reviewed restaurants of 2011 and earning two Michelin stars. In 2016, Park and his wife Ellia opened Atoboy, a casual, progressive Korean restaurant. Where Jungsik presented Korean flavors using French technique, Atoboy (ato meaning gift in Korean) makes greater use of Korean technique and focuses on banchan—small side dishes served with every Korean meal. In 2017, Park won a StarChefs Rising Stars Award, and Atoboy was awarded two stars in The New York Times. In 2018, Park opened his second Ato concept, Atomix, with a chef’s tasting counter and bar program from fellow Rising Star Jesse Vida.
Crab with mango, mojo verde, fermented dubu.
Atoboy Restaurant
Scallops, Perigord Truffles, Makgeolli
Atoboy Restaurant
Grilled Radicchio Salad with Portobello Mushrooms, Maui Onions and Salted Almonds
Atoboy Restaurant
Foie gras with funnel cake, strawberry, fennel
Otium Restaurant

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7 ways to reduce stress and keep blood pressure down

Let the Food be the Medicine

CHICAGO — It’s never been a secret that a nutritious diet influences general health. In decades past, however, most consumers took a reactionary approach to health needs, seeking medicine to treat specific conditions and only changing their dietary habits when faced with a direct threat to their well-being. Now, a growing proactive health movement is driving consumers to treat food as a means to prevent, manage and possibly even reverse certain conditions.

The Power of Carotenoids

Carotenoids are the yellow-orange pigments in fruits and vegetables. There are more than 600 carotenoids, of which over 450 that exist in food have been identified; these include beta carotene, lycopene, beta kryptoxanthin, and lutein. Some 50 carotenoids are converted to vitamin A in the intestine, and until recently scientists thought that the others were simply pigments that played no role in health. Recent years, however, research has shown that many of the carotenoids may have disease-preventing potential.

Foods rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids include: Apricots, asparagus, beef liver, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, guava, kale, mangoes, mustard and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash (yellow and winter), sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon.

What Are the Benefits of a Diverse Workforce ?

What advantages come from having a Diverse Workforce? Diverse teams can improve the company culture. Diverse teams perform better and gives the company a more expanded talent pool and help foster innovation and more productive employees.

Team diversity refers to the differences between individual member of a team that can exist on various dimensions like, age… nationality… religious background… functional task skills… sexual orientation…and political preferences etc.

More information on “Diversity in Groups” at www.HBS.edu  written by Catarina R. Fernandes and Jeffrey T. Polzer

Also a blog by Sophia Lee, Writer, www.cultureamp.com  “Diversity in the workplace- benefits and challenges”. 9 minute read “Diversity and Inclusion.”

Toni Ali/HR Expert

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Food for Thought
The Power of Blueberries

Blueberries have powerful health benefits. They have an impressive nutrition profile, being particularly high in fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese. Blueberries are also exceptionally high in antioxidants. In fact, they are believed to contain the highest antioxidant content of the most commonly consumed fruits. The antioxidants in blueberries may reduce the risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Blueberries are also known for their powerful effects on the immune system. One study found that eating blueberries regularly may increase natural killer cells in the body. These help defend you against oxidative stress and viral infections. Additionally, the antioxidants in blueberries may have a protective effect on your brain. For example, eating blueberries has been shown to improve memory in older adults.

Click here for more information The power of blueberries

Why Hash Your Hands?

  • Handwashing education has shown to reduce FBI:
  • Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%
  • Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
  • Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16-21%
  • Gloves Alone Aren’t Enough for Food Safety
  • Gives a false sense of security
  • Contamination of clean glove with dirty hands?
  • Washing with soap and water is much more effective than washing with water alone. Soap binds to the dirt, oils, and microbes present on hands and makes it easier to wash them away.  Applying soap also tends to make people scrub more thoroughly.
  • Friction from lathering and scrubbing hands physically helps the soap bind to and loosen dirt, oils, and germs.
  • Although the optimal length of time for handwashing may depend on factors such as the type and amount of soil, grease, and germs on hands, studies have shown that scrubbing for at least 15 seconds removes significantly more germs from hands than washing for shorter periods.

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Information provided by Aminta Martínez-Hermosilla, MS

Follow these tips to prevent spread of pathogens through basic, good hygiene practices

Implement a personal hygiene program. To lessen the possibility of food handlers contaminating food, institute a good personal hygiene policies to make sure food handlers come to work healthy. Include actions such as reporting illnesses and covering wounds

Remind employees to wash their handsThis is especially important after using the restroom and after handling raw meat, seafood and poultry. Use a single-use paper towel or hand dryer, rather than any part of their uniform, to dry.

Use separate equipmentEach type of food should be prepped and handled with a separate piece of equipment. Some operations use colored cutting boards and utensil handles to help keep equipment separate.

Clean and sanitize all work surface. All work surfaces, equipment and utensils should be cleaned and sanitized after each task. Simply rinsing equipment is not enough to eliminate pathogens that can contaminate food.



Apple, Corn and Raisin Flan

Semolina Maisie 3 oz. Semolina Wheat 1 oz. Raisin, presoaked in water 2 oz. Milk, whole 16 fluid oz Heavy cream 2 fluid oz. Granulated Sugar 3.5 oz. Whole butter at room temperature 1 oz. Golden delicious apples 4 ea. Zest of a lemon Sugar and ground cinnamon for toping
Recipe provided By Chef Raymond Bar CEC-CCE-ACE / Board Member


Maisie was thought to have originated in Spain, Turkey and even in India. Later, it was claimed that it came from Latin America. Scientists, however dispelled this theory when they found remains of Maisie in an ancient Egyptian tomb and therefore Africa is now claimed to be its origin. 1- Mix the milk, salt, sugar, butter and lemon zest and bring it all to a boil. 2- Pour in the semolina and cook gently on low heat for 20 minutes, stirring from Time to time. 3- Strain and add the raisins and then the cream. 4- Line a 10 inch flan ring with wax paper and pour in the mix. 5- Decorate the top with thin slices of overlapping apple. 6- Sprinkle with a mixture of cinnamon and granulated sugar. 7- Bake at 350Ffor 45 minutes. PS This flan can be served hot or at room temperature. Serve 4. Yield 8 slices. Portion size 4.5oz. / Calories per serving: 289 The Nutrition Facts for this Recipe was done utilizing the INFOODSYS Recipe App.

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Think Positively (Leadership)

Leaders can build accountability by spelling out what’s expected from employees in terms of results and behaviors, monitoring progress daily and applying positive and negative consequences based on outcomes, says S. Chris Edmonds. “Without consequences, clear agreements and monitoring do not ensure either results or respect,” he says.

Check his video, click here;

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2020 Culinary Forecast

Do you have the skills to make a great coach?

  1. Hire the right fit for your open position
  2. Allowing this new employee(s) to adjust to your company culture
  3. Seeing their potential
  4. Begin grooming them to take positions that are higher than yours in the industry
  5. Be open to their ideas

That will help you stay ahead of the game.

Plan for the future, because there is where you are going to spend all your life. Mark Twain

Lead On!
Participative Theories of Leadership

Participative Theories of Leadership are considered by some to be an ideal style of leadership because they consider input from others. Leaders utilizing this type of theory tend to encourage both contributions and active participation from other group members. In turn, this allows the other group members to feel more relevant and committed to the direction the leader has chosen to go. The only real caveat here is that the leader maintains the right of what input to allow from the other group members.

For more information regarding the Participative Theories please visit: Behavioral Leadership

It has been my observation, over the years, that many leaders rank low on empathy. They understand it intellectually, they just don’t pay enough attention, ask the right questions or comprehend that it is not just about what your colleagues think, but about how they feel. To be an effective leader you need to do more than just manage the bottom line and watch the numbers like a hawk. Obviously that may be necessary, but so is offering suggestions, being supportive, being a source of creative ideas, helping your people think through their roles and helping them make the best use of their time. In fact, that is precisely what the best leaders do.

Patrick J. McKenna

As you think about how you exhibit genuine empathy here are five questions for you to contemplate. For more information visit: patrickmckenna.com

Culinary Corner

Form the American Culinary Federation, your chance to create spectacular dishes and contribute with inspirational new ideas.

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The 2016 Menus of Change Annual Report was released at the fourth annual Menus of Change leadership summit on June 14. It includes an analysis of issues at the convergence of public health, the environment, and the business of food, plus and updated Dashboard of how the food and foodservice industries have progressed—or not—since last year’s report was issued.

The World Culinary Arts Video Series
La Finestra: Trends Spotting

Just like fashion, food trends come and go in the blink of an eye. Every year, we see a rise in these fads that inevitably affect the way we eat and plan our meals. From superfoods to juice cleanses, the modern dining pattern has undeniably been influenced by the presence of a health-conscious effort, which we see continuing into 2020.

Learn more 2020 Food trends according Chefs

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If you’re feeling forgetful, it could be due to a lack of sleep or a number of other reasons, including genetics, level of physical activity and lifestyle and environmental factors. However, there’s no doubt that diet plays a major role in brain health.

The best menu for boosting memory and brain function encourages good blood flow to the brain — much like what you’d eat to nourish and protect your heart. Research found the Mediterranean Diet helps keep aging brains sharp, and a growing body of evidence links foods such as those in the Mediterranean diet with better cognitive function, memory and alertness

Learn more by visiting: Types of Foods to Help Boost Your Memory

Meeting the Demand for Safe, Natural Products

Lately, while shopping at my local grocery store, I have noticed the increasing number of food products marketed as organic or preservative-free. More and more, consumers are demanding green labels and ingredient lists they can understand. Yet food safety — preventing food spoilage and contamination from microbial pathogens — must remain a top priority for food producers. The food safety industry faces many challenges if it is to transition away from the use of refined chemicals toward more label-friendly preservatives.

By Suzanne Osborne, PhD
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Hail to the Kale!!

Kale is one of the cruciferous vegetables, cancer fighters full of fiber and antioxidants. great addition to salads or you can bake it with a spritz of extra virgin-olive oil and sea salt for a crispy potato chip alternative.

2020 Culinary Forecast
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Nutrition, Eat Better

Salt, Consuming the right amount, Most Americans consume more sodium than is good for their health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more!

8 Tips For Avoiding Gluten Cross Contamination – PrimoHealthCoach

▪ Oils that have been used to deep fry battered foods will contaminate foods like French fries. Use separate oils, and ask the chef when dining out if the same oil is used for battered foods.

▪ Cutlery, utensils and potsand pans must be thoroughly cleaned before cooking gluten-free to avoid cross-contamination.

▪ Toasters and ovens that have been used for glutenous breads can contaminate gluten-free breads. At home try to keep two separate toasters.

▪ Grills and barbecues can easily cross-contaminate foods if not properly cleaned. Many sauces used to barbecue have gluten.

▪ Sifters used for both glutenous and gluten-free flours will cross-contaminate. At home if you use both types of flour, keep separate properly labeled sifters.

▪ Your mayonnaise, peanut butter jar, jams and jellies are easily contaminated when making sandwiches.

▪ Glutenous flours have a tendency to stay airborne for some time after use. Cooking in a kitchen shortly after preparing foods with glutenous flours is risky for the sensitive person. Because of this I find it very hard to believe that you can get a truly gluten-free pizza from a pizza restaurant that makes regular pizza as well.

▪ Any foods not prepared in a gluten-free facility, including your own home, runs the risk of getting cross-contaminated.


Avocado oil; this silky fruit oil helps fight joint condition and promoted soft skin.

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