Helping Maggie build our appetite for life

Flinders University nutrition and dietetics lecturer Morgan Pankhurst has been working with the Maggie Beer Foundation to create education modules for cooks and chefs who work in aged care homes.

In 2015, the Maggie Beer Foundation (MBF) launched the “creating an Appetite for Life” education program for aged care cooks and chefs, which was proudly supported by Flinders University Nutrition and Dietetics. In subsequent years, MBF has worked with Flinders Nutrition and Dietetics students and staff in the area of aged care food and nutrition.

This collaboration continues with Ms Pankhurst having worked with Maggie Beer and her team in Sydney last week to develop and film educational modules that will be available to cooks and chefs across Australia – and this will build on MBF’s endeavours to improve food and nutrition provided in aged care.

Ms Pankhurst was involved in filming two modules for the video training series – Creating Tempting Finger Food and Sandwiches, and Delivering Higher Protein All Day.

The other modules that MBF will cover in the series are: Cooking Techniques with Impact; Cook Fresh. Chill. Enhance; Feed the Eyes First: Food Presentation; Keep it Fresh: Kitchen Gardens; Rethinking Texture-Modified Food; Food Culture of First Australians; Embracing Food from Diverse Cultures; Improving the Dining Experience; and Maximising Flavour: Engage the Senses.

For more information about the MBF training series for aged cafe cooks and chefs, visit the website.

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