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Local Interest
NorthPointe Woods Executive Chef Places 6th in National Culinary Competition
BY MELISSA FERGUSON, Director of Marketing
It’s hard to imagine that a decadent breakfast concoction of caramelized pan- cakes, sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with fruit sauce, would cause a food fight, but for NorthPointe Woods se- nior living community’s Executive Chef Robert Potzinger, it did. The chef’s Ba- varian recipe for Kaiserchmarn won him entry into Morrison Community Living’s 2017 Food Fight.
The residents and staff at NorthPointe Woods weren’t surprised when Chef Pot- zinger’s culinary creation won the judges’ attention. Three times a day, residents get the opportunity to savor the chef’s cre- ative breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes in their restaurant-style dining room – where they’re more likely to clean their plates than ever consider tossing a single bite.
“We are so delighted to have Chef Robert,” says Melissa Ferguson, Director of Marketing and Community Outreach. “He has brought a new level of excellence in cuisine to NorthPointe Woods.”
NorthPointe Woods welcomed Chef Potzinger to lead their culinary team in 2016. Trained in classic French cuisine at Johnson and Wales in Providence, Rhode Island, the executive chef also incorpo- rates his love for Bavarian cuisine from his childhood into his menu selections.
Before joining NorthPointe Woods, Potzinger’s twenty years of professional culinary experience included positions with residential communities in Kalama- zoo and Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also dedicated five years to the United States Air Force. But his real kitchen experience dates back to practically before the chef was old enough to remember, when he was at the stove with his grandmother, helping her prepare the beloved Austrian breakfast Kaiserchmarn recipe.
With thanks to his grandmother, Pot- zinger’s recipe earned him entrance, along with 88 chefs across the nation, into Morrison Community Living’s 4th Annual Food Fight.
In April, the executive chef traveled to Chicago, Illinois, for the regional cu- linary competition, where he competed against 10 area chefs. His Rhubarb Pear Tart – a NothPointe Woods resident fa- vorite – won him the opportunity to com- pete in the two-round semi-finals in Buf- falo, New York.
Then, in early May, residents and staff watched a live video feed from the first round of the New York semi-finals com- petition and cheered Chef Potzinger on. His preparation of a decadent Raspberry Kahlua Napoleon advanced the chef to the second round, where unfortunately he was eliminated by a narrow margin – just missing entry into the finals.
Morrison’s Food Fight 2017 finals
competition was scheduled for June 8 at noon, when five chef finalists were sched- uled to battle it out – and local Chef Pot- zinger nearly made it. When asked if he was disappointed he wouldn’t be there, he replied, “It was just awesome competing against great chefs across the country!”
The staff and residents of NorthPointe Woods also thought it was “mighty awe- some” that their executive chef finished sixth out of 89 chefs. After all, he nearly won the food fight.
About NorthPointe Woods: Situated on 72 wooded acres overlooking the City of Battle Creek, NorthPointe Woods is a not-for-profit senior living community offering mainte- nance-free living – with independent living, assisted living and a full continuum of care on campus. Here, care is indi- vidualized, imaginations are inspired, and active engagement is always a priority. Amid scenic surroundings and gracious amenities, senior living residents discover a quality of life that is second to none.
About Life Care Services®: NorthPointe Woods is managed by Life Care Services®, An LCS ® Company. Established in 1971 and based in Des Moines, Iowa, the firm is a leading manager of senior living communities. Life Care Services currently provides operations management, and marketing and sales management for not-for-profit and for-profit continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), stand-alone assisted living, memory care, and rental communities nationwide. For more information, visit
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