Change is on the menu for Mildura’s Princes Court Homes.

The local leader in aged care and independent living has welcomed a new kitchen team to improve the dining experience for its residents.

Head chef Damien Plonsker, who took up the role last week, will work with a dietician to create a new menu featuring seasonal local produce.

Overseeing the changes is new food and residential service manager Michael Farrow.

Mr Farrow said Princes Court began running the kitchen again in August, after contracting it out to Spotless for the past 17 years.

“Operating the kitchen in-house gives us an opportunity to lift the quality of the experience,” he said.

“Our goal is to offer the residents high quality food, while meeting their nutritional and dietary needs.

“We are a community-owned organisation and have been around for more than 60 years, so it is also important for us to only use local food suppliers.”

Mr Farrow said he also wanted to make meal times a more social experience for the residents.

“Princes Court Homes has almost 100 residents, and most of them eat in the dining room,” he said.

“It’s their time to socialise, similar to when we go out to a restaurant for dinner.

“We want to create more opportunities for residents to dine with their families and interact with the people living at Princes Court Village.

“During the warmer months, we will also be able to enjoy barbecues in the outside eating area.”

Mr Farrow, who has worked in the hospitality industry for about 30 years, said Princes Court also had plans to broaden its internal operations and expand externally.

“We have recruited a great head chef and two experienced kitchen staff, so we are ready to grow the business,” he said.

“We’ll be looking at opportunities to cater to the needs of the wider community.”

Head chef Damien Plonsker creating a new menu for Princes Court Homes

For more information, contact:
Lauren Roden, NewsAlert PR: 0438 262 242
Jenny Garonne, Princes Court CEO: 03 5022 1022