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SLOW cooked meats, perfectly cooked vegetables and scrumptious deserts – the new menu at Zion Lutheran Home in Nundah is more restaurant than aged care.

About 18 months ago residents, family and staff were invited to give their views on ways to make dining at the service more nourishing on all levels.

Now as a result of a kitchen makeover, a greater choice of fresh food is cooked in updated surrounds.

Ipads are used to order meals and each resident’s electronic profile has information about allergies and any nutritional guidelines.

Zion Manager Maria Mulheran said residents and staff are enthusiastic about the changes.

“The benefits of freshly cooked food are multiple,” Maria said.

“Taste for a start, it’s also healthier, there’s the lovely smells from the kitchen which stimulate the appetite.”

New kitchen equipment includes cookers that can braise and roast meat overnight, resulting in fall-off-the-bone meals with a high nutritional content.

Chef Peter Malek said choice was key to the approach.

“Our aim is to tempt our residents with the dish’s description, then to surprise them when it arrives with fabulous presentation, and then most importantly, ensure the dish delivers on every level – freshness, flavour and texture,” Peter said.

“It is more then just the meal that contributes to a great dining experience; the smell of freshly baked breads, biscuits and meats roasting to perfection overnight and giving off a heavenly scent is all part of it.

“Congratulations to the whole catering brigade and talented chefs who deliver service with a smile and offer a personalised service where residents have real choice.”