andrew deery notes from the kitchen

Andrew Deery, Culinary Director at Manor of Hope

Over the course of the residence, our culinary team will lead residents through a comprehensive, hands-on, practical educational culinary enrichment program.

Gathered in small groups with one-on-one attention, residents build an educational base that they can draw upon as they transition on their path of wellness.

On this day, we decided on a taste “reset.”  We discussed the elements of taste:  using food examples to define and demonstrate what we perceive as salty, sour, sweet, bitter and savory (umami).  It is important to be able to identify these flavors, which help to build a solid foundation for our resident’s education in understanding food.  The lesson was well-received, and we shared stories and anecdotes of our varied experiences as they relate to taste.  

food tasting andrew deery mealfood tasting

We concluded the lesson with a blind taste test, dividing the group into two teams.  Each resident was blindly given a variety of foods and, based on the elements discussed in our lesson, asked to identify what they were eating.  Without sight, it’s not as easy as you may think!  We had a lot of fun, and were even able to get our staff member, Max, to try his first oyster…! 

Read more about the great work our Culinary Director, Andrew Deery is doing with the Manor’s culinary enrichment program