Our dining room is a focal point of the community, adjacent to a beautiful outdoor patio and the community’s “great room,” where residents gather for events, to chat with their neighbors or just read the paper. Menus change regularly, so you’ll never get bored with the selection. If you don’t see what you like, chances are good we can whip it up for you.
Chef Juan has been with Windsor since 2005. He started in the Windsor kitchen as an expeditor, making sure that dining orders are prepared in a timely fashion. In 2014 he became sous chef; the following year, he was tapped to become head chef. Prior to Windsor, he worked in hospitality and dining services at San Gabriel Medical Center and Alderwood Manor. He studied culinary arts at Glendale Community College.
Q: What do you enjoy most about working at Windsor?
A: I enjoy working and interacting with the entire Windsor family, from our residents to my fellow team members. For the past 12 years it is always a pleasure coming into work and sharing my passion for food.
Q: How would you describe your cooking style?
A: I have a complex food philosophy. I really enjoy trying new things and taking risks when it comes to preparing dishes. I strive to always use fresh ingredients. My favorite influences come from Mexican, Italian and Latin cuisines.
Q: What’s your favorite item on the menu?
A: Pastas are my specialty. A popular event at Windsor is our “Wacky Wednesday” program. During that event, I host a cooking demonstration for our residents in which they get to create their own ideal pasta dish.
Q: What do you like to cook at home?
A: I love to barbecue. It brings me much joy to invite all of my family and friends over to my home and prepare some good old comfort food.
Q: What’s a tip or technique you use in the kitchen that people may not know about?
A: An interesting technique I use in creating the perfect rice dish is to bring the rice to a boil with seasoning rather than steam or stovetop cook it. When you bring the rice to a boil you are able to monitor it more closely, so I can get the perfect rice. Steaming or stovetop cooking rice can cause the rice to not be fully cooked evenly and have the appropriate texture.
See how delicious life at Windsor can be.