Vi at Bentley Village is pleased to announce Joel Hetrick has been promoted to the position of Executive Chef. Hetrick began as Executive Sous Chef at Bentley Village in January of 2014 after serving in a similar culinary position with Vi at the Glen in Glenview, Illinois for nine years. In Hetrick’s new role, he oversees the culinary program for Vi at Bentley Village, including menu creation and food preparation for all of the community’s dining venues; three full-service restaurants and a grab-n-go café in Independent Living, and dining operations in the Assisted Living Residences and Skilled Nursing Facility.
Hetrick is a graduate of the culinary program at Kendall College in Chicago and a recipient of national certifications as a dietary manager (CDM) and food protection professional (CFPP). In 2008, Joel was one of only 16 chefs from across the country to participate in the inaugural Culinary Enrichment & Innovation Program sponsored by Hormel Foods and taught by Certified Master Chefs at the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY. In addition, he is a graduate of Vi’s Breakthrough Leadership Program taught by Harvard Business School.
“The position of Executive Chef is crucial because our residents have sophisticated dining expectations. Joel is passionate about food quality and comprehends the high culinary expectations of our residents. He also takes his time to get to know our residents, listening to and appreciating their needs. His broad culinary background combined with his proven success in the senior living industry provide him a distinct opportunity to enhance our exceptional dining services.” said Penny Smith Executive Director of Vi at Bentley Village. “I am thrilled that we are elevating him to this role on our leadership team.”