Culinary Coach

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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 Boling

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.

Shawn Bowling - 3rdThird Marketing - Reaching the Senior Market
Amanda Figler - 3rdThird Marketing - Reaching the Senior Market

Amanda Figler

Dining Consultant

Amanda has been dedicated to the hospitality and healthcare nutrition for the last 20 years, with a high drive to serve and connect with people from all backgrounds.

A graduate of South Seattle Professional Baking program, she has taken her skill set to many diverse levels in the food service industry. She has experience in corporate and private event catering, as a supervisor and trainer producing all natural baked goods at a national chain grocer, and seven years experience in the healthcare field as a Supervisor in the Nutrition department at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Amanda also has extensive knowledge with healthcare menu software program, that she helped implement to create a safer, user-friendly, and cost effective system to support patients and employees.

Amanda believes that a positive and open mindset is a must for successful outcome and team growth to better support our current and future customers.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Amanda can be found enjoying the local beaches or hiking in the Cascades with her family.

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