Methodist Homes Association (MHA) and Unilever have teamed up on a new menu offering a wider range of flavour and spices to care home customers.
The Spice of Life menu trialled at MHA’s Kingfisher Herondale home in Birmingham last week is set to be made available to care provides nationwide by Unilever.
Peter Liptak, Chef at MHA, who came up with the idea for the menu, said: “The Spice of Life event was a real celebration of the diversity at Kingfisher Herondale – and Birmingham as a whole. It’s always been important to MHA to make residents feel at home, and this is what our food project aims to do by introducing familiar dishes and flavours to our current menus.
“I’m delighted that the initial idea has grown to such an extent, and thrilled that The Spice of Life initiative has real potential to transform care home menus nationwide – and care home experiences for thousands of people as a result.”
Unilever Food Solutions Development Chef for Elderly Care Paul Wright, who has worked closely with MHA on the project, added: “Our long running partnership with MHA has allowed us to incorporate our ingredients into the menus to add additional layers of flavour in dishes to enhance the residents meal time experience.”
The menu included family recipes shared by the Kingfisher Herondale residents and their relatives. Staff reported that some individuals, who usually struggle to finish a whole meal, were clearing their entire plate because they were enjoying the tastes so much more.