This afternoon, celebrity chef Simon Gault is scheduled to give a cooking demonstration at Metlifecare’s The Poynton retirement village in Auckland. As part of his partnership with Metlifecare, the MasterChefNZ judge is giving demonstrations at five Metlifecare villages over the next few weeks. Yesterday he ran his first cooking demo at Pinesong village to a packed-out room.

“The residents were all very keen to see what Simon could (quite literally) bring to the table, and were full of questions and input throughout. Every signature dish by Simon Gault that will appear on our menu received strong approval,” says Metlifecare’s Blanka Ros.

Gault’s key role in working with Metlifecare is to overhaul the menus for its 24 villages. He is training the company’s chefs on how to source the produce and construct his array of signature dishes. There are also discussions about the possibility for Metlifecare chefs to spend a day in his own soon-to-be-opened restaurant.

The partnership with Gault came about after Metlifecare worked with residents to better understand their wants and needs when it comes to dining.

“We know that the dining experience is hugely important, and as much about enjoyment, family and sociability, as about nutrition. Simon Gault was identified early on as the perfect fit to inspire our menu offering, and to partner with our village chefs to provide delicious dining options for residents, their families and visitors, all of which naturally aligns with our brand promise – that there’s more to come at Metlifecare,” says Ros.

Gault is out to contradict the myth that older people like bland food. Residents can expect interesting renditions of all-time favourites.

“My intention is to add a twist to classic executions while suggesting ideas on how to improve dish presentations,” says Gault.

Metlifecare chief executive Glen Sowry is delighted to have Gault on board.

“We feel privileged to have Simon Gault influence change in our village dining rooms. Our highly committed teams are excited to be working with Simon and together take the experience to the next level for residents, staff and their families,” says Sowry.


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