Chef on a winning roll
26 October 2016
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Aged care chef Rodney Phillips on the counter at Mint Cafe at Upper Hutt's Elderslea Rest Home
Colin Williams, Upper Hutt Leader
Aged care chef Rodney Phillips has had his talents nationally recognised again.
The chef at the Elderslea Rest Home in Upper Hutt placed second in the Excellence in Food category at the New Zealand Aged Care Association [NZACA] awards this month.
The award follows Phillips’ establishing Mint Cafe last year, a business on the Elderslea premises which is open to the public.
The cafe provides a place for friends and family to socialise over a coffee and home-baked food and helps fund activities for the home’s 130 residents.
This is Phillips’ third award in 15 months after back-to-back wins of the Senior Lifestyles Cuisine Award at the New Zealand Chefs National Salon competition. He also won the Upper Hutt Rotary Club Pride of Workmanship Award in 2015.
A Stokes Valley resident, Phillips came to Oceania Healthcare’s Elderslea home in 2014 after 15 years in the Wellington food industry set on changing perceptions that rest home food was dull at best and inedible at worst.
‘‘The residents here have alway been very appreciative of what I do,’’ he said.
An executive chef with 11 staff, he has also has been sharing his knowledge and skills with other Oceania chefs in the region.
The NZACA awards are judged on improved outcomes delivered for residents and their families by aged care providers and staff.
Find out more about Elderslea Rest Home