Amarinder Singh is no stranger to flavours, aromas and good quality food.
"I grew up in the Haryana region in North India, in a farming family. We ate what we grew, even the meat was ours, from our farmland. I wanted to have fresh food on the table since I was a child," he said.
Amrinder spent many years of his childhood travelling to different provinces of India due to his father's work responsibilities.
During these trips he immersed himself in India's various dishes and cultures.
Once he had finished high school, he moved to Melbourne to follow his dream of working in the hospitality industry.
After obtaining his degree in hospitality management, he moved to Newcastle with his wife and joined not-for-profit aged care provider, Fronditha Care.
The organisation's 66-bed residential care home in Mayfield cares for elderly Novocastrians.
Amrinder has been with Fronditha Care for 10 years, and for the last four he has been head chef at the Hippocrates facility.
"Cooking for the elderly is very rewarding. Creating an enjoyable dish can change a person's day and outlook," he said.
Creating an enjoyable dish can change a person's day and outlook. I want to take care of their wellbeing.
Amarinder's excellence and passion were recently recognised by the OSCAR Care Group when he received the prestigious OSCARS Recognition of Excellence award.
OSCAR recognised Amrinder's dedication in taking the time to personally review his delicious and nutritious menus with his residents to ensure that they enjoy every meal.
"It is the most significant award I ever received for my cooking skills. It proves that what my team and I do has an impact. And I am proud of it," he said.
"I introduced 'armchair travel' to India, where residents taste traditional curries, samosas, naan and chutney, served by our lifestyle team dressed in Indian costume. They love it!"
He regularly talks to the residents about their heritage, what they would like to eat, and makes sure to solicit their advice on how to cook each meal.
"I am always open to feedback from residents. If I don't do it the way they like it, I will cook the dish again, as long as they are happy," he said.
This interaction helped him build unique and deep relationships with the elderly that go beyond the bonds food can foster.
"I want to take care of their wellbeing. If somebody doesn't feel well, I speak to them and see how I can find ways to cheer them up. Whatever we do is simply for them, to bring them joy," Amrinder said.
The Fronditha Care team is proud to have Amrinder as a member of its family. At Fronditha Care, cultural heritage is celebrated.
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To book a tour, please contact (02) 4016 4160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit 30 Crebert Street, Mayfield East. For more information, visit frondithacare.org.au/better.