VP of Culinary Operations at The Blake
Blake Management Group is proud to welcome Darin Leonardson as the vice president of culinary operations. As a professional chef with more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality market, Darin is transforming the industry with his knowledge of food and dining. His passion is to continue disrupting the senior living industry, making every aspect more like a restaurant and hotel experience. By combining exciting flavors with wholesome nutrition, Darin shares his love of good food with The Blake’s residents every day.
He is the founder of Transformed Culinary Solutions, LLC. In this dynamic role, Chef Darin brings his flair for flavor and freshness across the country. Darin graduated from South Seattle Community College with a culinary degree and also an associate degree in applied science. He also recently finished schooling at Ashford University for a Bachelor’s degree in organizational management. Prior to opening his own company, Darin was the Vice President of Rapid Recovery Centers focusing on the healing aspects of food through for this new post-acute transitional care company. Before then, he was the director of hospitality at Golden Living overseeing over 300 properties, serving more than 60,000 meals daily.
Imagine what the former executive chef for Google will be doing for senior living at Blake Management Group.
He was the corporate food and beverage manager at One Eighty, a leisure care company with 38 properties around the world. Prior to that, he was executive chef at The Bellettini, a leisure care property in Bellevue, Washington. Darin has also worked for Google as general manager and executive chef and as an executive chef for a variety of restaurants in Washington state, including Toi, The Bellevue Club Hotel, and Elliott’s Oyster House.
Darin has been also been featured as a celebrity guest chef for Holland America’s cruise line on four prior voyages, sailing on the Nieuw Amsterdam in the Caribbean and Amsterdam around the World Voyage and the Ms. Princendam for a South American world cruise.
Darin is happily married with three beautiful children, Isabella, Cameron, and Logan. He loves to skateboard with his kids and teach them how to both garden and cook. He believes God has blessed him with the ability to touch people with his enthusiasm for cooking and eating well. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas and believes the best way to live is through a balanced lifestyle. One-third of your life should be family: one-third community and the final third should be work. It should be in that order.
Featured Articles and Reviews
Chef Darin’s numerous professional accomplishments and accolades make him a perfect addition to our team. Read how he will draw upon years of culinary know-how to transform dining and cuisine for residents of The Blake.
BMG Culinary ~ Making Butter
Chef Darin Cooks Heirloom Gazpacho Soup
Blake Management Group - Darin’s Culinary Delights
Chef Darin’s resumé includes:
Google's Avocados Say it All
The wild watercress, goat cheese, strawberry and toasted almond salad at Google’s Kirkland cafeteria was spectacular.
Toscano Restaurant Review
At Toscano restaurant in Bellevue, you won't find the term "small plates" anywhere on the dinner menu.