National Campaign Gives Seniors Food For Thought

Sunrise of Banstead resident Joan Banfield and her daughter MarionA nationwide campaign to highlight the importance of healthy eating among seniors was celebrated at Sunrise Senior Living communities across England and Wales.

The doors and kitchens at the 27 communities were thrown open as part of the ‘Taste of Sunrise’ campaign with breakfasts, lunches, brunches and afternoon teas all open to the public.

Following a brief to create exciting, nutritious food for elderly people, Sunrise’s chefs served up a feast of culinary events, ranging from  traditional Victorian afternoon teas to Mediterranean mezzes, and an Oriental buffet to a seafood lunch.

Guests were also given a series of recipe cards for dishes specially designed for seniors. The recipes, are a selection of Sunrise’s chefs’ favourites, include easy to follow, step-by-step instructions plus all the nutritional information for each dish, giving everyone the chance to recreate a ‘Taste of Sunrise’ at home.

As part of the campaign, several of Sunrise’s Head Chefs entered the NACC’s Care Cook of the Year 2014 competition. Seven have made it through to the final 25, whisking their way past around 2,500 other competitors along the way.

Amanda Scott, Managing Director of Sunrise UK said:

“The ‘Taste of Sunrise’ campaign was a huge success.  It really recognised the vital work  our chefs do every day  in ensuring  residents enjoy a good, healthy and balanced diet.

“We care for people with a range of conditions, and it’s of the utmost importance that every single resident receives exceptional food which is specially designed to meet their individual needs. Taste of Sunrise shows just how far removed the food we serve is from the traditional image of catering in the care sector.

“Our seven chefs who reached the finals of the NACC’s Care Cook of the Year competition capped off a fantastic week, and underlines the value we place on serving our residents outstanding food every day.”