A nursing home resident became chef for a day recently.
According to a news release, George Fortuchang has been a resident at the nonprofit Christian City Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Union City since 2006.
He was born in Cameroon, West Africa, and moved to the U.S. when he was 22 years old.
After settling in Atlanta, the father of two sons began working at The Vinings Club where he started as a line cook and later advanced to chef.
“George will never forget cooking for the World Series champion Atlanta Braves in 1995,” nonprofit spokeswoman Rhonda Silvis said in a statement.
But Fortuchang had a massive stroke at age 42, she said, that left him paralyzed on one side of his body.
He resided in a nursing home in Marietta for several years before moving to Christian City, which is operated by PruittHealth.
In conjunction with the company’s annual Committed to Caring Second Wind Dreams project, the nonprofit staff worked with The Studio Café operated by Hanna Brothers at the Pinewood Atlanta Studios Production Centre to fulfill Fortuchang’s dream to be a chef again, Silvis said.
Fortuchang was “surprised with a grand send-off” by staff and residents, she said, followed by a limousine ride to the cafe.
Upon arrival, Fortuchang was outfitted in a chef’s uniform, complete with a chef’s hat.
Café Executive Chef Matt Iffland invited Fortuchang to the kitchen to help prep the buffet meal.
Fortuchang’s family attended the event.