Chef’s Corner

Jim Bain – Dining Services Director

I knew from the age of nine I wanted to be a chef. Every time I went out to a restaurant with my parents, I asked for a kitchen tour. Thanks to restaurant and cafeteria jobs, by the time I graduated from high school, I had the 1,000 hours of practical experience needed for acceptance into the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). To satisfy my father, I earned my college business degree with an emphasis on management, and then applied to CIA. I graduated in 1983 and began a long and rewarding career in a number of upscale and inviting establishments.

When my wife was expecting our first child, I re-examined my priorities and sought a challenging position with more family-friendly hours. I started here in 1992, one month before our son was born. In 1994, I was promoted to Dining Services Director and I’ve been happy here ever after.

I believe in operating our department like a restaurant, which means we hold back nothing when it comes to quality and service. We’ve added new dining venues including the Gallery Café and The W Lounge. I’ve been honored to receive Watermark’s Award for Leadership as well as Director of the Year. The State of Connecticut has awarded us a workplace safety award. In Taste of Southbury, we recently earned second place when matched against the area’s best restaurants. Most importantly, in our residents’ book, we’re number one. Call to join us for dinner and taste for yourself!

Jay Matula – Sous Chef

In addition to loving my job at The Watermark at East Hill for more than eight years, I also enjoy sharing my passions for home beer brewing, craft beers and enjoying fine cuisine and conversation with residents, co-workers and friends. My wife Kathy and I live in Southbury along with our dog, Guinness. We love anything and everything to do with the great outdoors including gardening, hiking, kayaking and archery. I feel incredibly lucky to serve in my current position because it provides a great professional challenge yet I enjoy the freedom to be creative each and every day.


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Dining Services Director Jim Bain was honored in Washington, DC last week. He is the winner of the 2015 Illuminating Excellence Award from Premier Foods. Jim was selected as the winner for the CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community) division. The award is presented to the Premier Food and Nutrition Operator who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the food […]