Contact: Mikaela Marion
Director of Marketing & Public Relations
Telephone: 509-861-2500
Email: marionm@mvhealth.org

Chef Tobin teaching knife skills.

Omak, WA, 1/11/2019 – Mid-Valley Hospital has partnered with Community Colleges of Spokane’s (CCS) Center for Workforce and Continuing Education (CWCE) and Worksource Okanogan’s incumbent worker program to increase the culinary skill-level of five dietary staff members. Chef Peter Tobin, Certified Culinary Educator and Executive Chef, will be travelling to Omak, WA to provide on-site training sessions. The first session will take place January 11-12, and included knife skills training and theory.

The training plan has been designed to meet the needs of Mid-Valley Hospital by teaching the kitchen staff some of the foundational skills needed to prepare quality food for hospital patrons. The training includes lecture, cooking production, theory, terminology, and a customized handbook for each participant. Each participant in the training will receive a Certificate of Attendance certifying completion through the Community Colleges of Spokane.

“This opportunity came from a complete shot-in-the-dark email to Community Colleges of Spokane’s culinary program to see what kind of educational opportunities we could offer to our kitchen staff. We have an incredible European Master Chef, Dietary Manager, Chef Steffen Ludwig, who was wanting to see his staff members grow within their positions in the kitchen. When we were able to connect with Sally Vantress-Lodato, the Corporate Outreach Manager, we were thrilled. Reaching out to Workforce Job Training Counselor, Marcus Alden at Worksource Okanogan, we were able to explore the incumbent worker program opportunity and found it to be an incredible tool to help us bring this all together financially.”- Mikaela Marion, Mid-Valley Hospital, Director of Marketing & Public Relations

Chef Peter Tobin (Picture taken by Mid-Valley Hospital)

Chef Peter Tobin is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has been teaching for 30 years.  Chef Tobin has worked at many of the top ski resorts in the country and has also cooked for the Seahawks Training Camp since 2000. He promotes sustainability in the Inland Northwest, his motto being “Real Food, Real People.”

The CCS – CWCE provides courses in business and professional development, computers and technology, certificate programs, health and medical, teacher education and personal enrichment. CWCE also offers training to organizations around the Inland Northwest; customized to meet business needs, streamline processes, improve quality and increase the bottom line.

“Thank you Mid-Valley Hospital for investing in workforce training that provides your community the skills and knowledge to offer quality meals. Bringing together the Community Colleges of Spokane, WorkSource and Mid-Valley Hospital demonstrates how collaborating together can achieve successful results.”- Sally Vantress-Lodato, CCS, Corporate Outreach Manager

For more information about CCS-CWCE, go online to:

Mid-Valley Hospital – “Redefining exceptional service through compassionate care to our neighbors”


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mikaela Marion at 509-861-2500 or at marionm@mvhealth.org