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July 22, 2022

Rock Creek Senior Living Thanks and Celebrates Its Regional Culinary Director

Category: Senior Living

Author: Logan Harrington, Executive Director

Fun Fact: The hat that chefs wear is called a Toque Blanche, which means white hat in French. It is believed that the height of the hat symbolizes the seniority and rank of the chef in the kitchen and the folds in the hat express the qualification of the chef.

Culinary art is the mastery of preparing, cooking, and presenting food. Culinarians, or Chefs, are experts in this field and can be found in hotels and restaurants around the world. The depth of their talent extends far beyond the kitchen. Chefs also have a profound understanding of design, food science, nutrition, and diet.

Culinarians Day, held annually on July 25th, is a day to thank and celebrate the people who impact our experience with food in such meaningful ways. Worldwide, this day is a time to appreciate the art of cooking and is often commemorated with events and competitions. At Rock Creek Senior Living, we will be honoring our Regional Culinary Director, Humberto Barraza, and their team!

Humberto has a vast variety of skills and is an outstanding educator. He has a passion for food and providing joy to residents through his cooking.

When not working, Humberto enjoys spending time with his family. The famous person he would like to prepare a meal for is Tina Turner, because he loves the way she sings.

The signature sweet our Regional Culinary Director prepares for our community is mini cheesecakes. He makes them with his heart and soul. Roasted turkey with all the fixings is Humberto’s favorite meal to prepare. He has also created multiple, gorgeous displays from ice and fruit.

At Seven Houses, we take the time to learn the residents’ preferences. Our dining room manager is always available to help residents and ensures that they receive the best possible service. We could not do what we do at Seven Houses without this hardworking team!

If you want to join in the Culinarian Day fun, you can toast the day with your friends and family by cooking some new recipes! Embrace the celebration by sharing pictures or video of the recipe and your adventures on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. tagged with #CulinariansDay.


Rock Creek Senior Living in Ankeny, IA offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Mercy One Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Briarwood Golf, The District Shopping Center, Saylorville Lake Marina, Big Creek State Park, and Ankeny Community Theater.

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