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Cooking for kings and queens - a celebrity chef comes for dinner

HammondCare's Executive Chef Peter Morgan-Jones once cooked for the British Royal Family but now he says he loves cooking for kings and queens - the residents of our aged and dementia care cottages.

Peter Morgan-Jones on Sunrise. See link below.Chef Peter Morgan-Jones in a Royal kitchen.
Now Peter enjoys cooking for 'kings and queens' every day - in HammondCare's aged and dementia care.
Peter Morgan-Jones on Sunrise
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Profile: Peter Morgan-Jones

Today he featured on Channel 7's Sunrise where he talked about his royal experience and his new aged care role. And with recent news reports highlighting the challenge of good nutrition for older people, all the more reason to champion HammondCare's and Peter's approach to food delivery in aged care.

This includes fresh cook kitchens at the heart of each dementia cottage, a focus on fresh ingredients, menus that respect the cultural and individual choices of residents and research-based approaches to the challenges of maintaining good nutrition for a person with dementia.

For a person with reduced appetite and awareness of their own food needs, the sights and smells that stir our appetites are even more important, as is food delivery that is interesting and appropriate.

If a person can no longer use cutlery, then finger foods can be served in a way that meets their dietary needs and maintains dignity. If a person can no longer chew, then tasty, well-presented pureed food can restore morale and ensure good nutrition.

And special occasions should not be ignored. Just as we all enjoy a festive occasion, no less older people in residential care.

That's why Peter and other staff regularly put on themed meals that reflect the cultural or individual preferences of our residents.

Celebrity chef comes for dinner

The latest example this week is a Greek dinner in a cottage in our newest dementia care home in Miranda - and this time there is a special twist.

One of of Australia's best know celebrity chefs, Janni Kyritsi, who has cooked at some of Sydney's best-loved restaurants, will join  Peter in preparing the meal, serving it and sharing with residents and family.

What this highlights is that people in aged care deserve the same good quality, choices and excitement in their meals as anyone else. Well done Peter and Janni - stay tuned for some photos!


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