Willagee: Cooinda aged care residents get visit from chef Sean Anderson

Braemer Cooinda resident Pat Collins with renowned chef and author Sean Anderson.
Braemer Cooinda resident Pat Collins with renowned chef and author Sean Anderson.

IF variety is the spice of life, the residents at Braemer Presbyterian Care’s Cooinda aged care home are certainly well seasoned.

Renowned chef and author Sean Anderson visited the Willagee facility as part of the Maggie Beer Foundation’s Secrets from the Kitchen program last week.

Mr Anderson has worked with some of Australia’s most high-profile chefs, including Neil Perry and Stefano Manfredi, and provided a community cooking demonstration for residents, their family members and staff.

Gourmet fish and chips and bread and butter pudding were both on the menu, along with several tasting plates for everyone who attended to sample during the demonstration.

As Mr Anderson led everyone through the preparation of each dish, he quizzed the residents on their knowledge of the origins of the dishes and shared his own memories of the meals, allowing them to immerse themselves in the culinary experience and reflect on their own childhood memories of food.

Braemar Presbyterian Care chief executive Wayne Belcher said residents enjoyed both the cooking tips and a trip down memory lane.

“In many ways, the kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s often the place for families to gather, so we think this program by the Maggie Beer Foundation is a fantastic initiative,” he said.

The Maggie Beer Foundation is focused on engaging and educating chefs, cooks and kitchen hands in the aged care sector to promote food that is full of flavour and which is based around fresh seasonal produce.

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