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Loomis News

Iron Chef Competition

On Thursday October 27, 2016, a cooking competition modeled after Iron Chef was held at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing. All the chefs of our four communities, Applewood, Loomis House, Loomis Village and ofcourse our Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing chef competed against each other in this fun for all.

Residents of all communities came and local experts got to taste and judge, not only based on flavor, but also display.

Competing chefs:

  • Adam Byrd of Applewood in Amherst
  • Joe Woznicki of Loomis House in Holyoke
  • Dave Stycharz of Loomis Village in South Hadley
  • Brian Gouvkin of Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield


  • Wayne Hooker, owner of Chef Wayne's Big Mamou restaurant in Springfield
  • Thomas Pietroski, Sodexo general manager of McLean Healthcare in Simsbury, Connecticut
  • Jesse Meyers, Sodexo multiservice general manager of Mercy Healthcare in West Hartford, Connecticut

Each competitor was given the same secret ingredients — sweet potatoes and apples — and asked to prepare an appetizer for the judges, much like the Iron Chef competition.

Sodexo provides all the food services for the four Loomis Communities and our competition proved to be fun and an excellent showcase of the incredible talent our chefs have. The Applewood team was declared the winner with their pan-seared jumbo scallop dish. Chef Byrd said that he was honored to win the inaugural competition.

Iron Chef Competition Contestants

Iron Chef Contestants

Iron Chef Competition Contestants and Judges

Iron Chef Contestants and Judges

"Pretty much you work every day hard in the kitchen for things like this," said Byrd. "It starts at home and it starts at work. To see the passion, exude and to present to a crowd like this, that's what you work hard for and have that pride and passion for food."

According to Byrd, there are misconceptions about retirement homes being bland, not so at our communities! He, and all other chefs take pride in taking food and adding a unique twist to it in the kitchen.

You can read more details and see additional pictures in the local newspaper write up here.

Iron Chef Strycharz

Iron Chef Strycharz

Iron Chef Appetizers

Iron Chef Four Appetizers

Iron-Chef Winner explaining entree

Winner Explains Entree

About The Loomis Communities:

The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.

With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on four campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.

For more information, call us at the number in the upper right of this webpage or send us a note through our Contact Us form.