Starling at Nocatee Chef Looks Back at Career in The White House

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Chef having a conversation

Here at Starling at Nocatee, our dynamic team leans on their impressive talents and experiences to exceed our residents’ expectations each and every day. One of those extraordinary people is Chef Harry, whose illustrious career includes a 5-year stint as a specialty baker in The White House.

Recently, Chef Harry gave a presentation about his time in The White House to our residents and staff, and the room was completely enthralled in what he had to show and tell. Keep reading to learn a little more about his interesting background.

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Tell us more about your time in The White House. What was your role?

I was one of the 40 US Navy Mess Specialists assigned to The White House Staff Mess. My specialty was baking, and I spent most of my five years as the baker in the West Wing.

What was your favorite thing about working in The White House?

The holidays. Quite often, the staff would be invited to functions like July 4th fireworks and the Easter Egg Roll.

What else did you do prior to joining the team at Starling?

After retiring from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, I worked at Glenmoor (senior living) as the opening Executive Chef and worked there 15 years before joining the team at Starling at Nocatee.


What is your favorite thing about working at Starling at Nocatee?

Working with a lot of my old staff from Glenmoore – especially Chef William, who was previously my sous chef and is now my chef. It’s funny how things work out! I’m very happy to see him grow into this position.

What is your favorite thing about working with seniors?

The older I get, the more I have in common with seniors; they have a lot of great life experiences to share.

If you weren’t a chef, what would you be doing?

I’d be retired — fishing in my boat, playing tennis, and woodworking.

Learn More

If you’re ready to learn more about the personalized lifestyles and superior experiences offered only at Starling at Nocatee, please give us a call at 904.596.0880, or stop by Starling at Nocatee at 999 Crosswater Pkwy., Ponte Vedra, FL 32081.