Mastering the art of aged care cookery


While a certain reality TV cooking show named its winner on Tuesday night, the innovative training of master chefs in Uniting AgeWell kitchens was recognised in Melbourne last month.

Uniting AgeWell received an ACSA Victoria Aged Care Award for Innovation in Service or Design for the Masterclass 2017, which saw chefs from across the agency’s residential communities battle it out in the kitchen, in an effort to inspire creativity in catering.

In true Masterchef style, they each chose a “mystery box” of meat then had a full pantry of ingredients with which to create main and dessert dishes in 90 minutes.

They were judged on criteria including best presented, most creative, cleanest work station, best at meeting the aged care dietary guidelines, and of course best tasting and best presented.

The participants also took part in a masterclass and received advice from top Australian chefs.

Read more about the contest with a list of winners including the overall champion meal of chicken roulade and berrie millie feuille here.

The ACSA award, which recognises a program, project or initiative that shows originality to improve the lives of older Australians, was accepted by Senior Hotel Services Manager Melissa Nicholson and Hotel Services Manager Victoria Carlo Napoli.

Senior Hotel Services Manager Melissa Nicholson said she was “immensely proud” of the Hotel Services Team and grateful for the support received by the Uniting AgeWell community.

“It is rare that food services are recognised at these industry awards, so we were blown away,” she said.

“I want to thank the Uniting AgeWell Board and CEO, who encourage us to think outside the square and be creative in the way we deliver services to our clients.

The organisation will now join award winners from each state and territory at the ACSA National Awards presentation in Sydney in September.

Read more about the award here.

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