Opportunity Village Announces New Hire, Chef Frederick Patterson


January 26, 2016

Opportunity Village Announces New Hire, Chef Frederick Patterson

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Opportunity Village, Las Vegas’ favorite charity, announces Frederick Patterson as their newest chef. Patterson joins Opportunity Village to help lead the organization’s Culinary Training Program and Kitchen Creations business division.

“Chef Patterson comes to Opportunity Village with extensive experience and knowledge that will help our Culinary Training Program grow and expand. He has the skills to analyze and make changes where needed to ensure that our OVIPs are offered the best program possible,” said Bob Brown, president and CEO of Opportunity Village.

The Culinary Training Program provides OVIPs with an interest in the culinary industry the opportunity to learn up-to-date food preparation, basic cooking and baking skills, banquet setup and breakdown, linen and banquet service. Kitchen Creations is a business division that employs OVIPs after completing the Culinary Training Program. Within the Kitchen Creations division, OVIPs can serve in various culinary areas including Opportunity Village’s Lunch Bunch, Cookie Crafters or Opportunity Village’s catering department. Visit http://www.opportunityvillage.org/pages/kitchen-creations to order today.

Patterson has a distinguished career in the culinary arena working in a variety of restaurants and casinos. Prior to joining Opportunity Village, Patterson was the Room Chef at The Feast Buffet and Catering Chef at Boulder Station. His job duties included controlling food and labor costs, running the catering operation for Boulder Station, managing a group of cooks, and managing chef teams in menu preparation and cost management. Patterson previously worked with a team of chefs managing the kitchen area at Caesars Palace and spent two years at the Springs Preserve as Sous Chef.

Chef Frederick Patterson
About Opportunity Village
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of their families.

Opportunity Village was foundedin 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States.

Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities (who we call OVIPs), Opportunity Village serves nearly 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting.

Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.9 million in 2014.  They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.

Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers nearly $35 million annually.