Tasty, Nutritious Food Is A ‘Piece of Cake’ For New Yallambee Chef
Tasty Mongolian beef and delicious Bee Sting pastries are not the first things that come to mind when you are thinking about retirement living food. But these are some of the choices on the menu for residents at not-for-profit community aged care home Millmerran Centenary Retirement Village (Yallambee).
Troy Dixon who was recently appointed head chef at Yallambee is a qualified baker, pastry chef and commercial cook. Residents can now look forward to freshly-baked bread, hand-made pastries and homemade birthday cakes.
“One of the key things about creating meals for older Australians is that they have extra nutritional needs, but that often goes with a decreasing appetite. This situation makes it difficult for them to meet their daily nutritional requirements,” Troy said.
That is why Troy, a Millmerran local who also serves as a volunteer fire fighter, is sourcing fresh ingredients from local businesses and working with dieticians to ensure his menu is tailored to suit the residents’ various requirements.
“So fresh, nutritious and tasty food is the order of the day. We are focusing on local, in-season produce and all meals are made from scratch.” Troy said.
“We also cater to individual needs and make sure all meals are healthy, delicious and well presented. A lot of care and attention goes into meal planning, catering to the dietary requirements of the residents. Some people can’t digest whole foods so their meals are hand-chopped into smaller portions. Others can only eat pureed foods, and others have allergies to foods,” he said.
No stranger to cooking for large numbers of people, Troy is looking forward to the festive Christmas dinner for residents and their families where his favourite dish, roast with all the trimmings, will be the feature.
“I hope our guests will enjoy the home-style cooking in line with the traditions that our residents grew up with. I will also make the Christmas sweets like rum balls, apricot balls, white Christmas and traditional Christmas pudding,” Troy said.
Troy credits his passion for cooking to his first part-time job at the age of ten, stacking the fridge in a bakery.
“I was so excited by what was going on in the bakery, the next morning I was out the back helping mix dough. It all started from there,” he said.
Board of Management President for Yallambee, John Rogers said the Board made the important decision to keep catering in-house to ensure residents have the highest quality of food and service.
“We are delighted to have Troy as our new head chef because he is passionate about food and ensuring the dietary needs of our residents are met,” John said.
“Yallambee is currently home to 44 residents and, with 21 dementia specific places, is largely a high care facility. Families can be confident the food their loved ones receive is nutritious and freshly prepared onsite using the highest quality local ingredients,” John said.
For more information please contact:
Millmerran Centenary Retirement Village Board of Management President
Mobile: 0407 119 728