She is one of the most recognised and successful chefs in Australia, and now, Maggie Beer is turning her attention to improving the food in aged-care facilities. “I want to show cooks and chefs in aged care that I think they have the most important job,” Ms Beer told the ABC.
Ms Beer was named Senior Australian of the Year in 2010, and says that the award prompted her to consider working with aged-care providers. “I did a lot of research and found wonderful things and terrible things about food in aged care,” she said.
Since that time, Beer has established the Maggie Beer Foundation- a charity with the aim to improve the food and therefore the quality of life of those living in aged-care.
The Foundation is now working with aged-care workers across regional Australia. Last week, Beer held a master-class with 30 aged-care cooks at Wollongbar. She will also meet with aged-care managers in Grafton and Armidale this month.
Beer says that she knows that the matter is complex, but argues it is a cause worth fighting for, “I realise there is so much to be done,” says Beer. “It is a very complex field, but food is the catalyst. If we can change food for everyone in aged care… we can give so much, because every single person should have the chance to have beautiful simple food.”
To find out more about the Maggie Beer Foundation, see their website