NYC Health + Hospitals Announces New Corporate Chef Philip Demaiolo
DeMaiolo will manage food and nutrition operations that serve more than 15,000 daily meals to patients throughout the health system
Apr 15, 2021
NYC Health + Hospitals today announced the system’s new Corporate Chef Philip DeMaiolo. As Sodexo’s Corporate Chef at NYC Health + Hospitals, DeMaiolo will manage food and nutrition operations that serve more than 15,000 daily meals to patients throughout the health system. His responsibilities include overseeing the cook chill kitchen, developing menus and recipes, training on execution of meals, conducting on-site visits to support all hospitals and skilled-nursing facilities, and approving documentation of standard operating procedures and training videos. Chef DeMaiolo’s new role was effective August 2020.
“I am pleased to welcome Chef DeMaiolo as our new Corporate Chef,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President & CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “Nutrition plays a vital role in any patients coordinated care, making sure their body is strong enough to recover quickly or fight against any virus or disease. We’re confident Chef DeMaiolo’s experience will help bring an innovative and delicious approach to nutrition system-wide.”
“I am excited for my new role as Corporate Chef for the City’s public health system,” said Chef DeMaiolo, CEC, AAC. “Working in health care allows me to create change. Food is linked to family, enjoyment, and nutrition. In my new role, I can now make a difference in someone’s life. A patient should enjoy the food being served, and I want to be an extension of their family.”
Under Chef DeMaiolo’s leadership, Food and Nutrition teams on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have had input on changes that would help meet the needs of patients, many of whom lose their appetite, smell, and sense of taste. Additionally, Chef DeMaiolo is working on expanding the public health system’s plant-based focus by introducing new menu items in this category.
Since 2006, DeMaiolo has served as Executive Chef for Abigail Kirsch at Chelsea Piers, where he’s cooked for many dignitaries, including President Joe Biden and collaborated on special event with celebrity chefs. He is also an adjunct professor at New York City Technical College and Chairman of the Culinary Commission for the NYC Department of Education.
DeMaiolo trained in France and has worked at several hotels in New York City, including as Saucier at the Plaza, Executive Sous Chef at the Essex House, and Executive Chef at Novotel Hotel and the Larchmont Yacht Club.
Chef DeMaiolo has been featured on several television shows, such as Behind the Bask with Giada Di Laurentis, as a contestant on Chopped, a chef/caterer/consultant on the Party Planner with David Tutera, and as a guest caterer on the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
NYC Health + Hospitals has made patient nutrition a priority, launching Meatless Mondays in 2019, which offered in-patients in each of the system’s 11 hospitals new plant-based items.