PRLog - March 18, 2014 - PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. -- Leon Bahlmann is the new executive chef at Claridge Court senior living community in Prairie Village. Bahlmann is well known throughout the Kansas City area, with a culinary background that includes experience at Café Trio, Café Maison, Frondizi’s Ristorante, Plaza III Steakhouse and Ritz-Carlton.
At Claridge Court, Bahlmann is responsible for creating inventive, upscale menus and dishes for the community’s multiple dining venues. These include a bistro, restaurant-style dining room and a private dining room, with menu options that change daily. He also manages the 13-member culinary team, along with Sous-Chef Will Whiting.
“I’m excited about this position because it’s so different from anything I’ve ever done,” Bahlmann said. “I’ve been in the restaurant business for 25 years, and I was curious to see what this type of cooking would be like. It’s a new kind of adventure for me.”
Bahlmann’s culinary education is based on classic French cooking and modern American cuisine, giving his food a unique blend of international flavors. He experiments with seafood, pasta dishes and sandwiches. Bahlmann was trained at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.
“One of my favorite things at Claridge Court so far is talking to residents about the food we serve,” Bahlmann said. “Hearing a compliment from a resident really makes my day.”
“Leon’s vast experience makes him perfect for Claridge Court,” said Robert Salierno, executive director of Claridge Court. “Our residents have very sophisticated dining preferences, and they regularly visit some of the great restaurants in Kansas City. They expect the same quality here, and with Leon leading our team, that’s exactly what they’re getting.”
ABOUT CLARIDGE COURT
Claridge Court is located at 8101 Mission Road in Prairie Village, Kan., across from the Corinth Square Shopping Center. The Life Care community provides senior adults with a unique lifestyle experience and a variety of residential options, including 132 maintenance-
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