Masterchef winner, renowned food writer and novelist, Sue Lawrence, officially opened the new £160,000 state-of-the-art kitchen facility at St Raphael’s care home in Edinburgh today.
St Raphael’s is run by Viewpoint, a housing association and care home provider that aims to create joy in later years by establishing a vibrant and caring community for its residents.
The ultra modern kitchen is fitted with new appliances; drainage and worktops and will enable St Raphael’s chefs to continue to provide quality home-cooked meals and baking for its 100 occupants.
The nature of the renovation was complex due to the dietary needs of the residents. Cooking delicious, nutritious and well-presented meals is an essential part of their physical and social wellbeing. The new kitchen will provide a clean and safe environment to prepare these meals making the overall mealtime experience more enjoyable.
Lawrence is no stranger to St Raphael’s or its operator Viewpoint, even dedicating her latest book, Down to the Sea, to the Lennox House facility.
Helen Nicol, Head Chef at Viewpoint, said: “The new kitchen is a fantastic environment to cook in. It’s well equipped and contains top notch cooking facilities, which will make preparing meals for our residents much easier.
“We endeavour to make eating and drinking a positive and enjoyable experience for all of our residents, and the new kitchen will help to achieve this.”
Helen continued: “With her local roots and immense talent, Sue is a true inspiration to all of us here at Viewpoint and we are honoured she has come to open our new kitchen.”