Over the past few years we have been trying to find a way to help change the culture in healthcare foodservice. We have worked on many projects that involved almost everything possible to help improve these operations. But we always kept coming up short in one area that didn’t seem to have a clear and consistent solution, foodservice training. Too often the current foodservice directors were either spread too thin, overwhelmed or just in need of new ideas. And bringing in a consultant or even a full time chef didn’t always seem to fit the culture, the budget, or were just too difficult to find. And the current online training available to healthcare operators seem to focus more on clinical or general training, leaving nothing specific to foodservice.
In 2018 Greg called Tucker and said it was time we came up with our own training solution. One that could provide healthcare foodservice operators a tool to help support their current efforts more efficiently. As well as bring them new ideas from operators all over the country just like them. And that’s how this idea of the Pineapple Academy came to life. We both strongly believe that changing a culture starts in the kitchen. And that it’s not just the food but the service or the way we treat others as well. We also believe that the first step to changing the underlying behavior behind a culture comes through the sharing of knowledge. So that’s the basic foundation of our Academy, shared knowledge about food and service, delivered in the most engaging way possible.
As a result, we have decided to set a goal of impacting 20,000 lives through our online foodservice training in 2020. We realize this is a big goal, but because we believe so strongly in this idea that culture change starts in the kitchen, that we feel others will join our mission and 20,000 will quickly become 200,000.
And that’s why we are sharing our story with you today; to join our mission of changing a culture in the kitchen. We will begin our mission with building a culinary culture in healthcare foodservice operations, then we plan to expand our offering and provide education for all employees within the healthcare workforce and their families. And it won’t stop there. Our vision of food and service education expands beyond the walls of hospitals and senior living, but also into doctor’s offices, schools, corporations and eventually into our very own homes. There is truly no limit when it comes to educating a society about the food we eat and how we treat others.
We believe our culture is in desperate need of a change. And we hope you feel the same. So we challenge you, healthcare operators, foodservice directors, consultants, vendors and anyone else passionate about changing a culture, to take the first step and set up a time with us to share with you the Pineapple Academy. And with your help, let’s start changing this world we live in by building a Culinary Culture!
~ Tucker & Greg