With decades of experience in both foodservice and residential care, our team provides dynamic coaching that integrates culinary excellence, process efficiency and, of course, resident satisfaction.

Bill Lutz

William R. Lutz is President of Optimum Solutions & Strategies, LLC. Before founding Optimum Solutions in 1997, Bill owned and operated several fine-dining restaurants in Columbus, Ohio. Grand Vu Visionary Cuisine, in Grandview Heights, won critical acclaim from the local media, consistently being named “Four- Star,” and among the “Top Ten” in central Ohio. Bill has been involved in the restaurant industry since 1979. In July 2005, Maurice’s Bistro, a restaurant developed and installed inside the Marian Estates Retirement Community in Sublimity, Oregon, was given the highest honor of “Four Forks” by the food critic from the Statesman Journal.

Bill educates residential healthcare practitioners by presenting various seminars, cooking demonstrations and workshops across the country. Recently, Bill has spoken at many state affiliates of the American Health Care Association, the National Center for Assisted Living, the Pioneer Network, Eden Alternative, and other CEU-accredited venues. “Three Simple Steps to Person-Centered Care…Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner,” and “Compliance vs. P.P.D. – Without the Aspirin” speak to the need for practical improvement in dietary services, and how to enhance foodservice through restaurant-style service, methodology and execution. Additionally, Bill lectures quarterly at the Fisher College of Business “Core of Knowledge” administrator training program, at The Ohio State University. Bill has also been quoted and published in American Living Success, Provider and Contemporary Long Term Care.

Ricky Barnes

Ricky began his culinary career 30 years ago working in fine dining restaurants in Columbus, Ohio. In the mid-nineties Ricky opened and operated several central Ohio casual dining restaurants, including two that were among the “Top Ten” restaurants in Columbus, Ohio. Chef Ricky’s culinary talent is recognized through his pioneering of Cuban and Southwestern cuisine in Columbus.

He has worked at The Ohio State University as a culinary instructor and Chef, and is currently the executive chef/owner of The Explorers Club, a new restaurant in Columbus. Additionally, Ricky has completed continuing education programs at The Culinary Institute of America and The Ohio State University.

With Optimum Solutions, Chef Ricky works as a culinary instructor, teaching a comprehensive culinary program within residential health care facilities across the country. His coaching provides for vastly enhanced foodservice quality and efficiency.

Robyn Hough

Before deciding on a career in Nursing, Robyn worked in several fine dining restaurants in Central Ohio. In 2008, Robyn became an LPN and pursued her nursing career as a staff nurse in several residential health care communities.

Robyn came to Optimum Solutions with extensive experience in both the front and back of house restaurant systems and the dining needs and desires of the aging population she has served.

Robyn is responsible for software and compliant menu development on a facility-to-facility basis through developing and utilizing recipes and restaurant style methods of production and execution. She works closely with the front line care-givers to drive the enhancement of delivery services, as well as the elders they serve to ensure person centered care.

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