Author Archives: Chef Ryan CEC

About Chef Ryan CEC

I'm the Executive Chef for Rex Healthcare's Culinary & Nutritional Services team in Raleigh, NC. We are doing some amazing things. We are changing the perception of "Hospital Food"- one meal at a time.

         Our Secret Weapon

A Staff Administrative Assistant? If you are wondering what that exactly means, It’s pretty much code language for “Does anything that’s needed by the department!’ It’s not a glamorous job by any means, as it involves basically doing certain tasks that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

The Four Sides to “Stevie Ray”

  “For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.” -Rudyard Kipling     Steven Longe, a.ka. “John Steven” or “Stevie Ray” in our kitchen is a behind the scenes player … Continue reading

Posted in food, Uncategorized | Tagged

It’s Time to Battle- Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series

Wow, what an honor it is being included in this year’s- Got to Be NC Competition Dining event. It’s great that my team can be recognized on this grand stage, as we will be competing against other top chefs from … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged

The Pizza Challenge, Accepted

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”  – Bernice Johnson Reagan Taking on a good challenge is something I’ve always respected. In the modern hospital kitchen, specifically ours, every day can bring a new … Continue reading

Posted in food, Uncategorized | Tagged , ,

Americas Top Healthcare Chefs Share Thoughts On Comfort Food

Comfort Food. It’s a food phrase used often these days, and working in healthcare, it’s a necessity when it comes to feeding patients who are sick. One thing I’ve learned for sure over the last few years is that you … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Hungarian Goulash, Then and Now

Being a chef, many people often ask me if I get my cooking inspiration from my mother. I quickly answer that question by saying… “No not really, but I get my work ethic from her and my father as well.” Growing … Continue reading

Posted in food, Uncategorized | Tagged

The Journey of a Healthcare Chef

The last ten years of my career have mostly been centered around one common goal, changing the public’s perception of “Hospital Food”. Over this journey, I’ve made plenty of mistakes, won many awards, and met many people whom share the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , ,