Executive Chef, West Kendall Baptist Hospital
As executive chef at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Rod Knight provides patients, staff and the community with delicious, nutritious meals that aid in healing and promote good health. In Chef Rod’s kitchen, “clean eating” and “farm to fork” are not simply catch phrases. He is committed to offering plant-based meals and better-for-you protein options that never compromise flavor. He and his skilled team craft the patient menu choices, Wellness Meals and weekly specials from scratch using the freshest, highest-quality ingredients.
While at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Chef Rod has collaborated with the hospital’s culinary ambassador, Chef Adrianne Calvo, as well as teams from Baptist Health Wellness and Homestead Hospital’s Grow2Heal community garden to identify new ways to improve quality of life with food. He also shares his healthy food philosophy and recipes with the community through lectures, cooking demonstrations, press events and blogs.
Chef Rod began his culinary career in Connecticut and has nearly 20 years of experience. Prior to joining West Kendall Baptist Hospital, he was executive sous chef at Thursday’s, an authentic French brasserie in Fort Lauderdale. He also has worked as a chef in other popular South Florida restaurants and as a personal chef to clients seeking improved well-being. Chef Rod’s passion for delicious food that fosters wellness aligns with West Kendall Baptist Hospital’s goal to help our community become the healthiest in Florida.