Mission Chefs Honors First Chef: Chef John Proctor named the “First Official Mission Chef” at the New Orleans Mission’s Gala.
The Mayor of New Orleans, Mitch Landrieu and the City Council provided Proclamations naming John Proctor the “First Official Mission Chef” at the New Orleans Mission’s Gala.
John was recognized before a crowd of 500 patrons and Veterans at the National WWII Museum. Mission Chefs from the ACF were on hand that evening as well.
John is in charge of all food services for the New Orleans Mission. He procures, prepares and serves 700 meals a day: 150 for breakfast, 250 for lunch and 300 for supper. In addition, John and his team provide outreach three times a week going into the communities with food.
John is currently directing the renovations of the kitchens for the Mission. At the same time, John is also working directly with Mission Chefs and the New Orleans Chapter of the American Culinary Federation to develop the Mission Chefs’ Culinary Training Program. This program will help re-engage those mission residents who want to pursue a culinary career.
A Chef, A Mentor, An Inspiration
John does much more than serve as the New Orleans Mission Director of Operations and Chef, he is also looked upon as a mentor. He knows the struggles all too well of those he serves. In John’s words: