Our Executive Chef Terence Austin found his calling after a visit to his grandfather’s rest home.
“Food has always been a passion of mine and I firmly believe that meal times should be enjoyable, no matter what your health needs are. My grandfather could only eat soft foods and I took a strong interest in what he was eating and how it was served,” Terence says.
“It was so disappointing. His food looked like tasteless mush and it was affecting his quality of life as the only thing he looked forward to was washing it down with a beer!”
The experience had such an impact on Terence that he made a promise to his grandfather to do something about it.
“That was really the catalyst for changing direction in my food career. I made a promise to my grandfather that I would make sure people in retirement villages could eat real, fresh, tasty food and I pursued that in my work as a consultant to various retirement villages across New Zealand.