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A taste of Katie's talent

Katie Otto, who has been putting nutritious food on the table of ACH Group's sites for more than a year, now hopes to challenge the stereotype that food in aged care is not delicious.
Aged care chef, Katie Otto, hopes to challenge the stereotype that aged care food is not delicious.
Aged care chef, Katie Otto, hopes to challenge the stereotype that aged care food is not delicious.

After an invitation to participate in the Tasting Australia Food Festival, kicking off in Adelaide and regional South Australia later this month, Ms Otto, along with other South Australian chefs who prepare food for people living in aged care homes, will participate in the Every Dollar Counts Cooking event.

Chefs will gather in Adelaide’s Victoria Square and, using premium fresh produce and a budget of $4 per person, will create a signature dish to be judged by an esteemed panel of chefs and industry leaders on Tuesday, 29 April 2014.

“The competition will highlight that chefs in aged care do have skills, and show that creating great food doesn’t have to cost a lot of money,” Ms Otto says.

Although Ms Otto comes from a hospitality background in fine dining, cafes and hotels, she claims even with her skills and experience the competition will be challenging.

“I think the hardest thing will be to work in a kitchen I don’t know and to have to keep cooking with people talking to me while the cameras roll. I have been practicing a few recipes that are fresh and light but will only know what I will be able to cook there and then,” Ms Otto says.

“I enjoy being able to provide our residents with not only nutritious food, but also of restaurant variety and quality. I am proud of the food we produce and I would be happy to eat what we serve every day.”

ACH Group is a not for profit organisation offering a range of aged care, veteran care and residential care services in Adelaide and regional South Australia.

Check out the full program of Tasting Australia Food Festival.

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