Mr White, who is employed with Banksia Lodge Village in Broulee, will
travel to Ms Beer's home in the beautiful Barossa Valley this weekend
to participate in her foundation’s pioneering program. The scholarship
is especially designed to educate recipients about cooking in the
aged-care environment with the aim "to improve the health,
happiness and quality of life for every older Australian".
"As a boy I did athletics and I was really interested in
nutrition," he said. "I started working at Banksia Lodge
Village and I realised I wanted to pursue a career as a chef. I didn't
want to leave Banksia so I just asked whether I could do my commercial
cookery apprenticeship with them."
Passionate about cooking for people in aged care, Mr White is excited
about the scholarship program.
"Just to meet Maggie will be awesome. I'd like to learn more
about making things look nice on the plate. I just love older people.
They have so many stories and they’re full of knowledge."
Mr White started his training as a first-year apprentice at TAFE NSW
Moruya this year.
"I love TAFE," he said. "It's the best day of the
week. It's awesome because you cook every session. It’s the best thing
for me because I’m a hands-on learner."
Open to only 30 cooks and chefs Australia-wide, the Maggie Beer
Scholarship program provides hands-on experience to help troubleshoot
the stumbling blocks of cooking in aged-care homes, as well as
initiate fresh thinking about nutritious ingredients, budgets,
supplier relationships, aged-care specific recipes, menus and
Mr White will be mixing it with the likes of Peter Morgan-Jones, well
known to many as HammondCare executive chef. This weekend’s program
will discuss texture-modified foods, cooking for those with dementia,
and information from specialist aged-care dieticians and food-safety experts.