Shelley Upfold from Palms Lifecare Pukekohe won a bronze medal in the inaugural Senior Lifestyle Cuisine competition held at the end of July.
The competition saw the top ten chefs from rest homes around the country compete in a live kitchen cook off which was judged by industry professionals including top chef, Marc Soper of Wharekauhau Country Estate.
Pippa Saxon, Chair of the Senior Lifestyle Cooking Competition said there is a perception that rest home food is dull, grey and inedible, but that is changing for a range of reasons, including increased competition in the sector.
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