New chef leads The Summit kitchen

New chef leads The Summit kitchen

Monday, May 8, 2017

Julian Davis cuts five heads of cauliflower with speed and precision. He’s working on a homemade cauliflower and cheddar soup for dinner service at The Summit.

The 30-year veteran cook recently joined Meriwether Godsey, The Summit’s dining partner, as head chef for the Life Plan Community in Wyndhurst.

“Julian is such a people person and that combined with his love of food makes him the perfect fit at The Summit,” said Mary Margaret Little, Director of Dining Services at Meriwether Godsey at The Summit.

During his first dinner service, Davis met residents in the dining room. Davis fits into the food service company’s mission. “He loves food. He loves people and he loves serving others,” Little said.

Davis will lead a kitchen staff dedicated to making dinners that “wow” residents, Little said. “Dinner service is one of the favorite amenities at The Summit and we want to make sure it lives up to their expectations,” Little said.

Davis said Meriwether Godsey’s values fit his lifestyle. “They care about how you treat others and that really matters to me,” Davis said. “We are dedicated to making sure the residents are happy. We want to treat residents the right way.”

Davis’ first job in the food industry was as a 15-year-old in the kitchen of Charley’s Restaurant, a Lynchburg staple. He has also worked at Market at Main, Shoemakers, country clubs and most recently, with his own mobile café.

“My passion for cooking and feeding people has allowed me to excel in any place,” he said. “I want to bring the values that are already here to another level.”