CHEFS from residential care homes took part in their sector’s first competition at the recent National Salon in Auckland – a contest for the best senior lifestyle cuisine offering devised by Service IQ. Targeted at menus and food in retirement villages and rest homes, it was won by Rodney Phillips from Elerslie Lodge in Upper Hutt. The contest attracted residential chefs from around the country in what is becoming a major growth sector.

This new category involved the presentation of pureed and soft food dishes with plenty of visual appeal that met different cultural and dietary requirements. The presentation of soft foods for the elderly is a particular skill and the widespread competition for residents has meant that appetizing and attractive foods were among the keys to success.