Rex Health39s Discovery Sessions program means learning specialized skills like cheese making and then recording the entire experience in a journal and even creating new menu items

Rex Health's Discovery Sessions program means learning specialized skills like cheese making, and then recording the entire experience in a journal and even creating new menu items.

Beyond the Black Hat Chefs

It’s a program that allows hourly employees to learn expert-level, specialized culinary skills like making cheese or sausage.    Discovery Sessions not only have an end product of unique foods to add to the menu, but are also a great team building exercise.

 

Since 2008, the Black Hat Chefs program has provided basic culinary training and created career opportunities for hourly employees at Rex Hospital, the Raleigh, NC, flagship institution of 660-bed Rex Healthcare, and a member of the Tarheel state-owned University of North Carolina Healthcare system.

It’s been so effective, in fact, that most of the staff are very kitchen proficient and are ready to move “beyond the Black Hats,” says Jim McGrody, director of dining servic

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