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Chef Lisa Sanders Receives Accolades as a Leading Chef in the Senior Living Industry

Chef Lisa Sanders with Wheaties box

In an era when many talented female chefs are rising to the top of their trade, Fox Run at Orchard Park and Morrison Living are proud to congratulate Executive Chef Lisa Sanders on her recent national recognition as a top chef in the senior living industry. Compass Group, the parent company of Morrison Living and the world’s leading food-service company, awarded Chef Lisa first place in the Women in Culinary Competition. She was also named a Compass Chef of the Year and placed second in the Morrison Living Food Fight competition.  

Compass Group began the Women in Culinary program this year as a way to highlight leading women in a typically male-dominated profession. The program kicked off with the 2019 Women in Culinary Competition, which featured 21 chefs from Compass Group companies all over the United States competing for the top spot. Chef Lisa was named the inaugural first place winner.  

To receive the title of Compass Chef of the Year, chefs receive nominations from both leadership and online voting open to the general public. Over 3,400 people voted this year, including colleagues, patrons, senior living Community Members, and staff. Chef Lisa was one of three chefs to receive the coveted Chef of the Year title. She earned an exclusive invitation to an immersive culinary experience with José Andrés’ Think Food Group team in Washington D.C., which includes tours of Think Food Lab and Michelin Star restaurant – minibar by José Andrés. 

“This confirms what we knew all along, Lisa Sanders is the best chef we could ask for,” says Bill Wlodarczyk, Fox Run CEO. “Dining Services has a huge impact on where seniors decide to spend their retirement years. Community Members of tomorrow are looking for the very best, and Chef Lisa brings her best to the table every day.”

“Chef Lisa aims high when it comes to creativity and attention to quality ingredients. She also puts a huge effort into meeting the current Fox Run Community Member’s preferences and tastes,” explains Mark Herle, Director of Dining Services at Fox Run. “When it comes to leading, Chef Lisa has proven to inspire everyone around her. She truly deserves this recognition as a top leader in our profession.” 

“Being awarded these achievements is empowering. I feel proud to represent women and help reaffirm that we do belong in this industry,” says Chef Lisa Sanders of Morrison Living. “The appreciation I have received from colleagues, staff, and most importantly, our Fox Run Community Members is unbeatable. I am grateful that Fox Run and Morrison Living support such exciting opportunities that help me grow personally and as a chef. Most importantly, I get to do what I love every day.” 

Published in the Orchard Park Bee

About Morrison Living

Morrison Living, a member of Compass Group North America, is the nation’s leading provider of inspired dining, wellness, environmental, and hospitality services to over 400 senior living communities across the country. Thanks to decades of experience and data-driven strategies, we’ve transformed the senior living landscape with innovative programs and smart solutions. Morrison Living employs over 150 registered dietitians, 350 executive chefs, and 7,300 hospitality professionals who are actively committed to serving fresh, local, and authentic foods through socially responsible practices and superior customer service. Our clients – and their valued residents – depend on us for a consistent service experience that makes everyday living the best it can be. To share in our hospitality experience, visit us at 

About Compass Group

Based in Charlotte, NC, Compass Group North America is the leading food and support services company with over 265,000 associates and $18.6 billion in revenues in 2018. Compass Group North America was named the No. 1 food company on Fast Company’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in addition to ranking on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity and Best Employers for New Graduates lists. With close to 600,000 associates worldwide, its parent company, UK-based Compass Group PLC had revenues of £23.2 billion ($31.4 billion USD) in the fiscal year ended September 30, 2018.