Culinary Coach

Culinary Coach

Culinary Coach is a consulting division of 3rdThird Marketing. This was born out of the need for senior living communities to have direct access to highly experienced chefs and nutritionists.

How is the Food?

It’s a make or break question.
Every meal you serve is a reflection of your community. When well handled, your culinary program can be a leading element of your identity. Although culinary management seems simple, dining is one of the most complex and expensive areas for senior living organizations to manage. An amazing dining program differentiates your organization and builds census while improving your bottom line.

The Culinary Coach program offers food and nutrition expertise with a focus on business success. We help shape staffing into a strong, supportive team. We begin by collaborating with your leadership team to identify goals, then we present strong tactical solutions to help you meet them.

Culinary Coach is a full-time consulting and coaching service for all areas of dining and dietary that is hands on to implement policies and procedures.

Consulting Programs

  • Dining program turn-arounds
  • Dining experience & staffing programs
  • Equipment purchasing consultation
  • Hiring, staffing, training

New communities & relaunch

  • Dining program design
  • Costing, estimating
  • Procedural documentation
  • Architectural plan reviews

Meet the Culinary Coaches

Shawn Bowling

Executive Chef, CEC

Shawn Boling has a passion for food and people that have helped him win multiple awards and Accolades over his career ranging from “Best Local Appetizer” to “Best Catering Chef” in Seattle and Bellevue.

A graduate of South Seattle Culinary Program, he has been in the hospitality field over 35 years. His culinary experience includes positions as Catering Director, Executive Chef, and Restaurant Consultant working for Hyatt, Hilton Hotels, and Corporate Chef for the Boeing Presidents. Shawn is a member of the Washington State Chef Association and holds the honor of being certified “CEC” from the American Culinary Federation and a graduate of the LeadingAge Leadership Institute.

Shawn is a Culinary Coach/Consultant for 3rdThird helping multiple culinary departments across the country to become very successful. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Shawn understands the use of local ingredients and how to work with the local vendors. You can also find him teaching pottery or cooking classes, cheering on the Seahawks, or crabbing in the San Juan Islands.

Courtney Christy

Nutritionist, Chef

Courtney Christy has a passion for food and the science behind nutrition.

She is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of the Culinary Arts in Sacramento and later Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor’s in Food and Nutritional Sciences, Dietetics. She is a Nutritionist in Washington State with experience working in the healthcare field and finds joy in interviewing residents, especially experience in creating specialized menus from independent gourmet menus. Also, enjoys working with culinary professionals and on recipe development.

Courtney was born and raised in Sacramento and later moved to Walla Walla, WA. She loves to bake, play card games, bowl, and have outdoor adventures.

ACF Approved

American Culinary Federation
We offer Continuing Education Hours (CEH’s) for recertification. Take advantage of our culinary and dietary nutrition classes which provide 5 CEH’s. We come to you — within your community or at nearby venues — with classes that will help keep your recertification current. Learn more by filling out the form below.



Ask about the Culinary Coach’s monthly retainer. It’s a pain-free way to keep your program on track.

811 1st Ave, Suite 400 Seattle, WA 98104