Australian chef now ‘re-designing’ aged care food in UK

Peter Morgan-Jones, HammondCare’s popular executive chef and aged care food ambassador, is taking his campaign for improving food in dementia care to the United Kingdom in March.

pmj 250 01A former Royal chef, Wimbledon caterer and international restaurant chef, Peter Morgan-Jones is well known in Australia and New Zealand for his advocacy to ‘re-design’ food for people living with dementia.

He is accomplishing this through mentoring and encouragement of dozens of cooks and chefs across Australia, as part of Maggie Beer Foundation’s Creating an Appetite for Life and through the Dementia Centre’s successful Dining by Design schools.

As well he has published the bestselling Don’t give me eggs that bounce: 118 cracking recipes for people with dementia and a second cookbook to be published in June.

Now he will share his insights and experience in the UK through the hands-on Dining by Design schools in Belfast, Northern Ireland (March 2-3) and Salford, England (March 10-11). In addition he is providing in-house training across five care homes belonging to a single aged care provider as well as a lecture in Edinburgh.

Morgan-Jones, who began his culinary journey as a child in the family kitchen in Wales, has for the past three years applied his vast restaurant experience to further improving food service and mealtimes in HammondCare’s dementia cottages, often cooking with residents and staff and learning from sharing meals together.

He and his team have developed world-leading approaches to nutrition, modified diets and sensory experiences that restore dignity, appetite and enjoyment for people with dementia who often face significant barriers to eating and drinking.

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Sharing best-practice learning

Head of HammondCare’s International Dementia Centre, Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, said the UK visit was part of the Centre’s commitment to sharing best-practice learning across the globe.

“Providing nutrition and hydration in a conveyor belt of care has become part of the negative and clinical process of our care systems in Australia, the UK and many parts of the world,” A/Prof Cunningham said.

“The Dining by Design course featuring Peter Morgan-Jones and other leading experts helps aged care chefs and service providers to place food back where it belongs, as one of the simple pleasures of life for people with dementia.”

The practical two-day workshop which is also regularly offered in Australia, covers the essential ingredients and skills needed to create engaging mealtime experiences that stimulate the senses and palates for older people and people with dementia.

Participants have the opportunity to discover more about the possibilities of meals for older people and eating difficulties through live presentations and interactive cooking demonstrations under the expert guidance of Morgan-Jones.

He will be joined in the UK schools by Emeritus Professor Mary Marshall, OBE - a leading international expert on dementia care and support - as well as senior dementia consultant Juliet Kelly.

For more details about Dining by Design, please visit the Dementia Centre website.