Maggie Beer celebrity chef has told the Royal Commission into Aged Care that the meals being served in aged care homes “were too often prepared with little regard to presentation, aroma or nutrition.
“Everyone wants to smell proper food. You cannot make good food with bad ingredients,” she said.
Ms Beer told the second day of hearings in Cairns that relatively minor reforms such as increased specialist training and salaries for chefs, tailored menus, and budget increases could lift the abysmal standard of food in aged care.
“We owe it to our elderly residents and also those in the community who are alone and no longer cooking for themselves. We need to look after them.”
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