Interesting site have read some of the post and they are good. Glad I was able to find a forum where I can get ideas, ask questions and maybe answer some. I'd like to introduce myself, my name is Jade and I'm an aged care head chef and I love my job.
Some years ago I gave up my restaurant of 20 yrs and wanted to get out of the food business completely. Nothing interested me so I returned to food.
I had never been to school or worked else where to be a chef, I just taught myself. Obviously I had to have been ok since I had a good restaurant for so long. So after that a yr later I worked for a recruiting agency in hospitality, yet something different, aged care, I loved it. I felt like I was doing a hobby yet getting paid for it. I worked as a food service assistant FSA and chef at places that they need extra staff, loved the roustabouting. Only at time some places left me angry and disgusted at the food they fed these poor wonderful elderly. I mean I wouldn't feed my dog with that food. That was when I knew what I wanted. I wanted to run a kitchen cooking for the aged, not just feeding them nutritious well balanced meals but restaurant quality meals, food I wouldn't hesitate eating myself. And I found the place, changed the menu, the suppliers, staff and am proud of how my kitchen is run. It's so rewarding, knowing. And seeing the content and happy faces every day on the elderly that I serve. Now finding this forum I am always looking for ideas in menus, and I am sure I will find quite a bit.