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Rest home food up for judging

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/07/2016

Pureed slop is what many people associate with rest home food, not delectable gourmet cuisine.

But this week, chefs from rest homes around the country will be pitted against each other, Masterchef style, to prove they're dishing up the best to the country's elderly.

The rest home chefs will compete in the `Lifestyle Cuisine' category of the New Zealand Chefs national Salon, run by the hospitality industry.

Elderly residents should be able to expect good quality cooking, but satisfying different cultural and dietary requirements presented a challenge for rest home cooks, says spokeswoman Pippa Saxson.

Many dishes needed to be pureed to make the food easier to eat and digest.

"The trick is to present this kind of food attractively, make it tasty and appetising.

"Every dish must have plenty of appeal to tempt diners and be delicious enough to want to come back for seconds."

However she said some rest homes did not bother trying to adequately cater for their residents.

Food quality was a major reason for choosing one rest home over another.

The competition is in its second year, and chefs from 10 homes and one hospital will compete on July 31 in Auckland.

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