We take a look into the day-to-day activities of our dietary department with this monthly communication directly from Chef Ben’s Kitchen.
Benjamin Flores is a Texas Norty Public, Ordained Minister, a Certified ServSafe® Instructor & Registered Examination Proctor, and is on of eleven members of the Food Handler Exam Construction Committee through DSB WorldWide.
Chef Ben Flores’ culinary career began while working as a fry cook at a fast-food establishment. Quickly moving up to short cook, line cook, Kitchen Manager, and eventually into Restaurant Management level. He opened his own business in 2002, catering to parties and pastry making.
Chef Ben has a vast variety of kitchen experience working establishments like GEO Detention Center, Maverick County Sheriff’s Office, Chilli’s Fuddruckers, Mesquite Restuarant, Laredo Taco Co., KFC, Church’s, Sage Steakhouse, Uvalde Memorial Hospital, and Val Verde Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
After an Externship at the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel in Eagle Pass, TX, he graduated from Escoffier School of Culinary Arts and subsequently got his certification in Culinary and Baking Arts at the school’s Boulder, Colorado campus. While there he worked at Sage Steakhouse and the Team Member Dining Room (TDR) under Souls Chef Richard Castle. After Graduating, Chef Ben was offered an Externship at Disney World, But he declined the opportunity. Staying at home with his wife, children, and grandchildren became a priority.
Chef Ben feels very welcomed at STAT Specialty Hospital by all the STAT family and is looking forward to growing with the team. He believes the most flavorful cuisine comes from the heart… using simply the best, highest quality products. He considers it part of his job to inspire and educate co-workers about different cusines.