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Tuscan Gardens
Italian Cultural
Exchange Program

As part of our Tuscan Gardens Senior Living® Italian Cultural Exchange Program, you will receive the chance of a lifetime to learn and work side by side with skillful chefs and other associates, creating lifelong memories as well as attaining culinary, restaurant and business knowledge to assist you with developing your profession. In addition, the Italian Cultural Exchange Program at Tuscan Gardens will assist you with learning new skills sets, as well as sharpening your leadership, presentation and customer service skills. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to represent our rich Italian culture and heritage with pride, working in one of our Tuscan Kitchens located within our Tuscan Gardens Senior Living communities in Venice, Palm Coast or Delray Beach, Florida, which have all been built with the look and feel of our home country in mind.


The Tuscan Kitchen creates superior dining experiences for our residents and guest across each of our communities. In our Tuscan Kitchen, you will have the chance to express your Italian traditions, heritage and practices while experiencing and immersing yourself in the culture, attitude, philosophy, and customs of the United States, while enjoying the Florida lifestyle.

World Class Experiences

You will have the opportunity to work for up to 15 months under a United States “Q” Visa, providing world class experiences to our residents, helping them to learn and remember more about the Italian culture through exceptional service and food as you greet, interact, socialize with and assist residents and guests while sharing our irreplaceable Italian culture. You will also gain a competitive advantage on your resume while learning from our experienced chefs and workers as you work in a growing community, making wonderful lifelong friends.

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Savor the
Taste of Home

A delicious meal can evoke memories and create comfort. At Tuscan Garden, homemade food is an essential part of every day. The air is filled with the familiar aromas of home baked bread, freshly brewed coffee and Larry’s mother’s sauce simmering on the stove. Our authentic Tuscan Kitchen is the heart of our home the perfect setting for our Anytime Signature Dining experience. Using only the freshest and finest ingredients, including vegetables and herbs grown in our own gardens, our Tuscan Chef artfully prepares meals that are delicious and satisfying.

The Kitchen Tradition

For many, the kitchen was the most important room in the house. It was where they cooked, nurtured children, dined as a family, entertained and visited with friends and family. That tradition continues at Tuscan Gardens. Open and airy, our Tuscan Kitchen welcomes residents to enjoy a feast for all the senses.

Residents are encouraged to:

Watch in delight as our own chef prepares meals from scratch.

Exchange treasured recipes to be cooked by the chef and enjoyed by all.

Enjoy family style meals together, sharing stories and conversation at the table.

Participate in cooking classes and demonstrations.

About Tuscan Gardens
Senior Living

Upon entering any of the Tuscan Gardens communities, residents and guests are captivated by the breath taking Tuscan ambiance, transporting them to the splendor of Italy.

The Tuscan Gardens grew out of Founder and CEO Larry Pino’s quests to find the perfect senior living community for his mother, Maria Giordano Pino, who was born and raised in Bari, Italy, and came to America as a bride after World War II.

Open Positions

We are looking to fill two top positions in our Tuscan Gardens communities as described below:

Essential Job Functions – Cook/Chef
  • Assists Culinary Director/Executive Chef with all kitchen operations and preparation.
  • Prepares and cooks Italian meals/recipes and desserts on a regular basis
  • Actively presents cooking, preparation demonstrations and food tasting to the residents and guests.
  • Assists in determining how food should be presented to provide Best in class experience and create decorative food displays with Italian flare.
  • Creates themed interactions with guests, offering them a unique experience.
  • Ensure every food item leaving the kitchen is top quality and presented appropriately.
  • Demonstrates a passion for food service, providing an exceptional “Italian” experience to our residents and guests.
  • Provides feedback on recipes.
  • Exemplifies at all times standards of cleanliness, sanitation and operational organization.
  • Exhibit leadership and management standards with all Culinary Services staff.
  • Responsible for adhering to food quality, appearance and presentation standards at all times.
  • Exhibits cooking standards of speed, accuracy, and efficiency.
  • Demonstrates knowledge in all areas of cooking preparation and production.
  • Visits and interacts with residents to evaluate food service such as quality, quantity, temperature, appearance and dining experience; and socializes with the residents and their families.
Job Requirements
  • High school diploma or the equivalent education, training and experience.
  • Culinary degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three (3) years restaurant or equivalent cooking experience.
  • The ability to speak, read and comprehend the English language.
  • Knowledge of preparation and line production communication with other dining and cooking employees.
Qualifications
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Responsible for own airfare to Florida.
  • Exit the U.S. upon end of term.
  • The ability to speak, read and comprehend the English language.

Hours: 40 hours a week
Number of Days Off: 2 days

Essential Job Functions – Server
  • Provides a warm welcome and quality service for all residents and guests.
  • Performs all dining room duties, including serving residents, guests, setting and clearing tables, etc.
  • Demonstrates exceptional experience for all residents and guests.
  • Actively assists residents and guests with requests and needs as they arise.
  • Creates themed interactions with guests, offering them a unique experience.
  • Exemplifies at all times Community standards of cleanliness, sanitation and organization.
  • Responsible for adhering to food quality, appearance and presentation standards at all times.
  • Exhibits dining room appearance and presentation standards at all times.
  • Exemplifies Community standards of fully staffed, operational, and stocked dining room.
  • Exhibits serving standards of speed, accuracy, and efficiency.
  • Knowledges in areas of serving, preparation and plating.
  • Sets tables and maintains work stations in proper order. Takes orders, provides service and requested items both graciously and courteously. Answers questions about menu items.
  • Clears dishes from tables during and after meal service.
  • Serves customers using proper serving etiquette and promotes an inviting dining atmosphere.
  • Interacts with residents and family members with personality and enjoyment.
Job Requirements
  • High school diploma or the equivalent education, training and experience.
  • One (1) year restaurant, hospitality or food service experience.
  • The ability to speak, read and comprehend the English language.
Qualifications
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Responsible for own airfare to Florida
  • Exit the U.S. upon end of term

Hours a week: 40 hours
Number of Days Off: 2 days


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