Bringing a passion for food back into residential care

SummitCare Baulkham Hills opened its doors almost a year ago and with it came Executive Chef Amit Nagpal who brought his love of excellent quality food to the residents with mouth-watering menus options and attention to detail that you would see in a top Sydney restautant or hotel.

Amit and his team create a wide range of delicious meals that are cooked onsite commencing with a hot breakfast daily followed by a range of meals provided throughout the day focusing on fresh, nutrient rich produce. The menus are carefully developed with input from SummitCare’s dietitian ensuring flexibility in meal choices and dietary requirements.

“The needs of the residents always come first,” says Michelle Sloane, Chief Operating Officer. “The team understands the importance of the dining experience including the ambience and atmosphere of the dining room that creates a welcoming and social occasion for residents and their guests each and every day.”

Amit Nagpal recites the SummitCare vision - By striving for excellence in all that we do, SummitCare is professional, respectful and supportive in caring for our communities as if they were our family, Amit comments “I always put myself in the place of the residents – what would I want, what would I want for my parents – and it is the ability to control your own meals choices,” he says, Amit has introduced a style of service to match SummitCare Baulkham Hills’ first class environment and atmosphere.

“Giving our residents choice and the options at each meal was key in designing not only the menu but also in the design of the kitchen and servery. For example we provide a breakfast buffet to allow residents to choose what they feel like and there's nothing more mouth watering than the smell of fresh toast and freshly brewed coffee to get your day started followed by a hot breakfast.” he says.  

There is a choice of hot menu options at breakfast, lunch and dinner created using quality seasonal produce, as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and scrumptious desserts so there will be something on offer for everyone to enjoy.

He is a big believer in dining as a way to socialise with other people.

“While there is always the option to request room service and dine in your suite, meals are an opportunity for residents to interact, get together with friends, or catch up with family members,” he says. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re in one of the dining rooms, in the café or even hosting a dinner party in one of the private areas.”

Amit likes to offer a wide variety of styles of dishes guaranteed to satisfy almost any appetite and cultural preference from grilled salmon to traditional fish and chips, along with roasts, pastas, curries, and sensational desserts including Amits speciality deconstructed apple pie which is a favourite along side panna cotta served with berries.

Amit openly talks about how much he loves cooking for older people and planning special events “Keeping my community happy and contributing to their quality of life is really what it is about,” he says. “This means really understanding their individual needs and working closely with the care team to ensure everyone is getting the nutrition they need. I achieve this by offering choice and flexibility, conducting menu satisfaction surveys and monitoring what is being wasted and what is popular, so we can review menus to meet our residents needs.”

* Featured in the Sydney Hills and Hawkesbury Living Magazine Summer 2017/18