The Regent Head Chef celebrates Excellence award
David Martin: The OSCAR Care Group ‘Recognition of Excellence’ award
Head Chef David Martin from Japara The Regent has been awarded this prestigious Excellence award. OSCAR Care Group described David as an “innovative, talented, dedicated and jovial Chef, who with his loyal team create memorable, nutritious meals that appeal to all 5 senses for his Aged Care residents.”
According to David, “For too long, people have held the long prevailing view that food in Aged Care is bland and uninspiring. For a significant part of my career, I have dared to challenge this view.”
David trained in bistro and fine dining restaurants and graduated in the top 3 of his William Angliss Institute of Hospitality Class. He made his national television cooking debut on Dipper’s Backyard Barbecue Wars on Channel 7Mate, where he scored Ten out of Ten!
David works hard to:
- Improve the quality of life and experience of his residents
- Encourage people to rethink what food in Aged Care might look like
- Demonstrate how innovation, passion, creativity and commitment to a cause can change this prevailing view
“I want my home to set the bar for Aged Care food!”
Head Chef David Martin with his ‘Recognition of Excellence’ award
David shares, “I am truly blessed to have an amazing team at The Regent. Maura George (Regional Hospitality Manager) and Liz De Abreu (Home Manager) believe in my food and leadership, and truly would like to see me innovate further at The Regent in the future. I want my home to set the bar for Aged Care food!”
David’s cultural background has played a significant impact on his menu and food at The Regent. “I grew up with an incredibly talented cook as a mother. I ate Filipino food and had the great fortune of growing up in one of Melbourne’s melting pot suburbs. As a result, I was exposed to many different cuisines together with the food from my own ethnic background. I draw on these experiences to design and innovate with my menu at my home.”
David’s father inspired his pursuit of excellence in cooking. “My father always said if you love what you do, you must put all your heart and soul into that endeavour and to devote yourself to your craft. I have tried to live by that my whole career. Hard work to me means taking daily consistent steps to improve my craft in the pursuit of my passion.”
David believes that improving meal experiences in aged care is hard work but that it is incredibly rewarding to know he makes a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of older Australians.