John Dykeman

Executive Chef
John Dykeman

Role and Responsibilities

John Dykeman serves as the executive chef at Meadow Ridge and Ridge Crest, overseeing dining for both Independent Living and Assisted Living. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the restaurants and culinary team, ensuring the delivery of exceptional dining experiences characterized by quality, nutrition and flavor. His commitment to culinary excellence and passion for creating memorable meals enriches the lives of residents and enhances the dining experience for all.

“I feel blessed to work at Meadow Ridge and am fortunate to be working alongside such a talented and devoted team” he says. “The ultimate part of the fulfillment I feel, is knowing I have played a part in affecting the lives of our residents and associates in a positive and profound manner.”

Industry Expertise

With a diverse culinary background spanning from catering to serving esteemed clientele, including presidents, Chef John brings a wealth of experience to his role in senior living. His journey from the restaurant business to senior care reflects his adaptability and commitment to culinary excellence.

Passion for Senior Care

When his father moved into a senior living community, John saw firsthand the care his father received. He realized that mealtime was an important part of the day in the resident’s lives. “I came here and immediately felt like I was making a difference in people’s lives,” he said. “When I go to my car at the end of the day I feel like I’ve done something good.”

Career Journey

Although he started in the restaurant business when he was 15, it wasn’t until later in life that Chef John was drawn to working in a senior living community. He made delicious meals for weddings, did catering and even cooked for a couple of presidents. While that was exciting, he said the satisfaction was fleeting.

“There was always something missing,” John says. In 2018, he joined Meadow Ridge as a sous chef, quickly making a positive impact on residents’ lives through his culinary creations. In 2021, John’s dedication and talent led to his appointment as executive chef at Meadow Ridge after the previous chef retired. John recalls receiving many congratulatory emails from residents.


As a child, John traveled to England and Paris and ate in many bistros, experiencing the philosophy behind the food. When he first came to Meadow Ridge and was involved in setting up the Bistro, he ran it like a true European bistro.

It’s the kind of upscale comfort food he plans to add to the main restaurant menu. He said it involves working with simple ingredients and letting them speak for themselves. “It’s simple food done well,” he says.

Leadership Philosophy

Chef John believes in the power of teamwork and collaboration in creating exceptional dining experiences for residents. He is grateful to work alongside a talented and devoted team at Meadow Ridge, striving to positively impact the lives of residents and associates each day.

Personal Interests

Outside of the kitchen, Chef John enjoys music, both studying and playing it. He plays three different instruments and studies music theory. He also enjoys photography and exploring the state of Maine.