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Brookdale Announces Winners of National Art Exhibition, “Chefs on Parade”

BRENTWOOD, TN 1/31/2012

Brookdale Senior Living, the nation’s leading owner and operator of senior living communities, announces the winners of Chefs on Parade, a yearlong national exhibition of intricately decorated professional chef coats that took place throughout 2011. Each of the twelve coats on display was awarded through a random drawing to entrants nationwide. There was also a "most popular" coat that received the most votes from the general public.

All proceeds from this national event went to the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation and its signature program Leeza’s Place. Leeza’s Place is "A Place for Caregivers", a community gathering place and resource center for family caregivers impacted by chronic or progressive illness. Caregivers receive free support services, individual guidance, information and referrals, as well as a calendar full of programs designed to Educate, Empower & Energize.

"We feel so blessed to be part of something as special as the Chef's Coats Exhibit," said Leeza Gibbons. "The intimate journeys depicted on each one reminds us that memories truly matter. Who we love, where we go and how we spend our time tells the story of our lives.  The coats are beautiful pieces of art designed with heart and humanity.  All of us at the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation are grateful and proud to share the journey."

The highly-decorated chef coats featured in Chefs on Parade were created by Brookdale residents, family members, and associates. They were inspired by the artists’ world travels, meaningful places, and fond memories highlighting the "Amazing Places of the World." The traveling exhibit kicked off in Chicago in January of 2011, and had its final showing near the end of the year at the Village of Skyline in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"We are pleased to announce the winners of these genuine pieces of art," said Joska J. W. Hajdu, senior vice president of dining services for Brookdale Senior Living. "We are proud of the talent and passion of all our residents who participated in this great event."

The chef coat that received the most votes was titled "Paradise in Florida." This work of art was designed and created by residents and associates from Freedom Village, Bradenton, in Bradenton, Fla. The inspiration for the design came from the state’s native birds and flowers.

Chefs on Parade 2011 was produced by Brookdale’s Optimum Life team and the Culinary Arts Institute at Brookdale, a professional development program designed to enhance the food preparation and presentation skills of Brookdale chefs.


Contact: Kristin Puckett, Public Relations Manager, 615.564.8481,