The Chef’s Corner

Welcome Chef Joe!

Watercrest is proud to welcome Joseph Ferraro as Executive Chef of the luxury Watercrest St. Lucie West Assisted Living and Memory Care Community in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Chef Ferraro brings over 13 years of diverse culinary experience in restaurants, hotels, private club and healthcare venues.

A graduate of Western Connecticut State University and The Culinary Institute of America, Ferraro utilizes his business management skills and culinary expertise to ensure extraordinary dining experiences that liven the senses for residents of Watercrest St. Lucie West.

Watercrest St. Lucie West is a 112,000-square foot signature Watercrest product, providing 102 assisted living and 26 memory care apartments with resort-style service and breathtaking lakeside views. Residents enjoy pampering in elegant Spa W, savor private label Watercrest wines at the wine bistro, and relish the flavors of fresh, locally grown, seasonal ingredients and organic fare.

“I joined Watercrest to make a difference in the lives of our elders and to be part of a team revolutionizing the senior living industry with exceptional standards of care,” says Executive Chef Joe Ferraro of Watercrest St. Lucie West. “I’m passionate about creating recipes which spark memories for our residents: the sizzling of eggs on the flattop, the aroma of sautéed bacon, and the familiarity of mom’s meatballs in fresh tomato sauce – these simple actions in cuisine can transport our elders back to special moments in time.”

Watercrest associates answer a calling to serve seniors and their families every day. They are recognized for their achievements and empowered to share their vast experience with their peers. By continuously investing in these servant hearts, Watercrest Senior Living Group develops value-centered leaders who deliver personalized service.

“Joe is not only a talented chef, but a natural leader with strong family values and personable nature,” says Marc Vorkapich, principal and CEO of Watercrest Senior Living Group. “He nurtures relationships with his team and his residents, bringing peace of mind to our families and strengthening the foundation of servant leadership which Watercrest was founded upon.”