By Pat Grant
As Food and Beverage Director at La Costa Glen, James Hoevertsz has a very important management position making sure our kitchens and dining rooms are running smoothly.
James drives daily from his home in Temecula. He is married and has a son in his second year at Oregon State. Majoring in hotel management? No – software engineering.
This is a break in tradition. James’ father was general manager for 5-star hotels in Aruba and Puerto Rico. James was born in San Juan, but sees family in Aruba as well. Caribbean recipes coming?
James studied at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. He has designations as CEC (Certified Executive Chef ) and RCFE (Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly). He is well prepared for a challenging job. One challenge, says James, “is how to provide a high level of service to well-traveled residents, who are used to dining well, with staff who have not seen or heard of this level of service.” Having recently developed a new training program, James hopes that some of the staff will find themselves at a point where they choose to stay in the food industry.
Another project James has been working on concerns scheduling between the Monterey and Avalon. Most residential communities have one dining room; we have two. James finds it important to greet member of the staff each day, “even the dishwashers,” he says.
James has a vital role in the life of LCG. Just remember, the most important question of the day is “What’s for dinner?”