Embracing Food from Diverse Cultures

Featuring Maggie Beer with:
Ved Prasad – Executive Chef Manager, Gallipoli Home
Sam Tsang – Quality Catering Lead/Chef, ANHF (Australian Nursing Home Foundation)

Module Description:
One of the more challenging but potentially most satisfying aspects of being a Cook or Chef in Aged Care is cultural diversity. Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world and the nation has benefitted from the traditions, skills and crafts that migrants brought with them from their homelands. As our ageing population grows, care organisations will be providing increasingly for food preferences of CALD residents.

This requires learning about the beliefs, preferences and tastes around food, ingredients, cooking styles and cultural traditions. It even includes understanding how different cultures present their foods, what they eat at different times of the day and differences in how they chew and swallow their foods. Cooks, Chefs and kitchen staff can make a huge difference in creating solutions to suit individual palates and beliefs.

In this module:

  • We explore how organisations can manage the nutritional needs and food preferences of culturally diverse people
  • We discuss how we can support them to observe their unique traditions
  • And we share healthy recipes full of amazing flavours

Learning Outcomes

When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  •  Manage the nutritional needs and food preferences of culturally diverse residents
  •  Support residents to observe cultural traditions
  •  Encourage and support residents to be involved in menu planning
  •  Engage residents and families at meal times



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The Nitty Gritty

  • Duration & Cost

    All of the modules are designed to contain approximately 30 minutes of high quality content plus a self assessment check which could take another 10 to 15 minutes.

    The cost per module is free.

  • What do I get?

    These online training modules are designed to
    provide important practical skills that will help
    cooks and chefs provide wholesome, tasty foods
    for older Australians. On successfully completing
    each module you will receive:
    - MBF certificate
    - PDF download of key learning
    - MBF recipes presented in each module
    - Enrolment in the MBF Community Forum which encourages sharing of knowledge, answers to questions and access to experts
    - Ongoing access to recipes, newsletters and access to Maggie's expertise

  • Can I do it any time?

    Yes, once you have registered for a module you will be able to complete it at any time.

  • What happens after I complete the course?

    After completion, you will gain access to the MBF Community Forum, a place where you'll have the chance to ask any questions you might have and gain access to ongoing recipes created by the Maggie Beer team and expert chefs.

  • Ask Questions

    Once you've completed the course, you'll gain access to the MBF Community Forum where you'll be able to ask any outstanding questions to experts.

  • Learning Resources

    You will have access to the module PDFs and by enrolling in the MBF Community Forum, ongoing access to recipes, newsletters and Maggie's expertise.

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