Richmond Flowers has been promoted to dining services director of Legacy Senior Living, which operates a family of premier senior living and memory care communities throughout the Southeast.
Chef Flowers, who will continue to serve as the food services director of Legacy Village of Cleveland, will also assist and support food services at all 14 communities operated by Legacy Senior Living in six states. Chef Flowers will support other communities by implementing a “Fresh Forward” approach for the residents’ dining experience, encouraging communities to buy locally and seasonally. Chef Flowers will continue his dedication to the dining services of the Cleveland assisted living and memory care facility, but will assist in ensuring a standard for all Legacy Senior Living communities, said officials.
In addition to maintaining his commitment to Legacy Village of Cleveland, Chef Flowers’ primary objective in his role is to encourage similar dining programs like tea and poetry, anytime dining, homemade ice cream, Harbor finger foods programs, and fresh-to-table concepts, as well as prioritizing a fresh and local dining experience for residents.
“Chef Richmond Flowers’ culinary expertise and exquisite taste are one of the pillars that has made Legacy Village of Cleveland one of the region’s most desired communities in its first year of existence," said Bryan Cook, president of Legacy Senior Living. "We are confident his standard of excellence will impact the dining experience at all of our facilities. We are thankful to have him as our head chef."
Chef Flowers brings decades of culinary mastery to his role. He has been both an executive chef in private and institutional settings and a culinary arts instructor. After studying culinary arts at Johnson and Wales College, he has since served as the campus executive chef at Lee University and executive chef and owner of two successful local restaurants.
He taught three levels of culinary arts at Bradley Central High School for more than a decade. Under his leadership, the schools’ culinary program was recognized as one of the nation’s top 50 secondary culinary programs by Sullivan University and designated as an exemplary program by the State of Tennessee.
Chef Flowers, whose father and grandfather spent their last years in senior communities, said he understands what it’s like to need others to provide the best possible care for loved ones.
“It’s important to me that our residents know they matter, and that absolutely includes preparing delicious meals for them," said Chef Flowers. "We want to know their likes and dislikes and make sure we offer them quality dining experiences.”
Chef Flowers and his wife, Melissa, live in Cleveland with their three children. They attend Maple Street Baptist Church and are involved in church outreach projects and other community initiatives. He enjoys working outdoors around his home, traveling and eating at a variety of restaurants.