Chef Russell Szekely has Delicious Tips for Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving has arrived and while it’s a time to share what we’re grateful for, it’s also time to eat. Before we sit down and write our Thanksgiving dinner grocery list, we talk to Vice President of Culinary, Chef Russell Szekely, about his favorite holiday recipe and his career with Canteen.

Russell joined Compass Group in June 2015, bringing with him over 25 years of culinary experience. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, his journey has taken him through fine dining restaurants, hotels, sports and entertainment venues, premium corporate dining and more. He has served Pope John Paul II, Queen Elizabeth, three American Presidents as well as provided culinary leadership to the World Series, Super Bowl, MLB Baseball & NBA Basketball All-Star Games.


Now, at the helm of Canteen Dining, Russell leads a skilled and dedicated team who provide food service and catering solutions to various locations including universities, corporate offices, and other business facilities. Not only is food at the heart of what we do but so are our culinarians, management, and front-of-house associate. When asked to reflect on the success of the Canteen Dining program, Russell seemed in the Thanksgiving spirit, “It’s because of our great people. Without our people, the food would not be prepared and served with the care, knowledge, and pride that it is today.”


Being an aficionado of all things culinary, we asked Russell to share his favorite Thanksgiving traditions. He says, “I love this time of year as we thankfully reflect on the blessings in life and the lessons learned. I honor the traditional delicious dishes my mother made for us as kids by updating them a bit for the times and sharing them with my family and friends.”

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So as you start digging through drawers for your recipes and writing out the ingredients on your grocery list, take this lesson from Russell. Thanksgiving dinner is important but it’s those you share with that matter the most.


Check out Russell’s recipe for Roast Turkey with Butternut Squash Pan Sauce below!



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