News from the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Hebrew Home Chef Wins Award

News from the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, Hebrew Home Chef Wins Award

Donald Bayne
Donald Bayne

Home Chef Wins Award

Donald Bayne, Executive Chef in the Hebrew Home’s Smith-Kogod Building, received the "Innovation" award at the annual Sodexho Senior Services "Reach for the Stars" awards event this year.

Donald took the extensive Sodexho recipe collection that is used throughout the country, over 10,000 recipes, and using the knowledge that he has gained working at the Hebrew Home, converted those recipes so they can be used in other kosher facilities.

“That means taking out or modifying all of the shellfish, pork, bacon, ham and meat-dairy combinations, a really large task,” noted Mark L. Holmes, General Manager of Dining Services at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. “Imagine picking up the Betty Crocker cookbook and making it all kosher!”  The task took nine months.

The work that Donald Bayne did allows Sodexho to provide the Jewish facilities they serve, and the residents who live in them, a greater opportunity to meet residents’ spiritual needs through their kosher dining programs.

 “This is another way in which the Hebrew Home and Sodexho, working together, are able to reach the greater Jewish community, not just in Maryland but nationally,” Mark said.

Donald graduated from Baltimore’s Culinary Arts Institute and has worked for Sodexho for 21 years, at Marriott hotels, hospitals and senior communities.  He has been at the Hebrew Home for four years.

To see recipes created by Donald for the Hebrew Home, for fresh tuna parmesan, peanut soup, and coco spice-dusted fish visit





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