Rhoads Fearn Joins Lenbrook in Buckhead as Executive Chef
Rhoads Fearn has joined the Lenbrook senior living community in Buckhead as its Executive Chef, responsible for the operation of three onsite restaurants which serve more than 425 residents and 200 associates.
Chef Fearn brings 30 years of fine dining experience to Lenbrook ranging from large hotels and university campuses to unique restaurants and bakeries. He most
recently comes from the Scottish Rite campus of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where he was food service executive chef.
Pleasing varied tastes comes naturally to Chef Fearn who previously headed campus catering and food service for 12 satellite locations of Emory University for six years. Lenbrook offers three distinct dining venues: a casual bistro offering a la carte selections; a grille featuring home style cooking with a flair; and a fine dining restaurant for more elegant meals and special gatherings. The culinary staff at Lenbrook, under Chef Fearn's leadership, prepares more than 50 meal options daily for their restaurant guests.
Chef Fearn especially enjoys his work at Lenbrook as the community has a major emphasis on wellness, which begins with healthy food choices and continues on into its fitness center complex, indoor pool and exercise classes. Whenever possible, he works to include seasonal produce and fruit from Georgia farms in his menus and always offers a variety of low sodium, low fat and low sugar alternatives.
He chuckles that his biggest challenge is perfecting green bean and corn bread recipes that appeal to all of the residents. "Southerners usually like their beans cooked until soft and northerners don't. Southerners tend to like less sugar in their corn bread and northerners like more," Chef Fearn said. Often he will alternate his recipes to cover everyone's preferences. And he can count on Lenbrook's active food committee to provide him with feedback and guidance on a regular basis. "I'm all ears and want to know what our residents think. Thirty years in the business has taught me you need to be a good listener in order to be a really good chef."
Lenbrook is Atlanta’s only nationally accredited continuing care retirement community. Founded in 1983 and doubling its size in 2008, the not-for-profit senior living community in Buckhead enables its residents to enjoy the gifts of independence, good health and personal fulfillment through engaging programs and services. Its best-in-class facilities offer ample amenities and activities, along with the security and convenience of excellent on-site healthcare services – providing the full range of senior health care as needed. Visit www.lenbrook-atlanta.org or call 404-233-3000 for more information.