Cooking Competition Sparks New Favourites for LTC Menus

Posted On: March 12, 2020

Ready, set, bake!

The Ontario CLRI at the RIA hosted a cooking competition as part of the Nutrition in Disguise (NiD) project on Saturday, March 7.

Students from Conestoga College’s School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts competed to create nutritionally rich recipes using key  ingredients to help fight malnutrition in long-term care homes. Most older adults don’t eat enough nutrients to stay healthy. The NiD project focuses on creating nutrient-dense recipes by adding healthy ingredients to common foods that older adults enjoy: think lentils in brownies, or wheat germ in apple muffins.

The competition will help us build a library of recipes that long-term care homes can work in to their menus without breaking their budget.

Contestants competed to win one of two $500 prizes for the best NiD Recipe in one of two categories: 1) Sweet: desserts, snacks and puddings, and 2) Savoury: spreads, soups, breakfast protein. Recipes were created using a specific pre-determined nutrient-dense ingredient to enhance nutrition. Winners from each category received $500 and the title of the best student NiD recipe!

The NiD project is part of Professor Heather Keller’s research at the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging. The Ontario CLRI is partnering with Prof. Keller to develop nutrition tools for long-term care homes based on the study findings.

The recipes were tasted and reviewed by a panel of judges: 

  • Heather Keller, Research Chair in  Nutrition and Aging, Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging;
  • Residents from Schlegel Villages;
  • Chef George Madalena, Schlegel Villages; and,
  • Lisa Duizer, University of Guelph’s Food Science Department.

The winners 


Hannah Nguyen for her Secret Glazed Tofu Sandwich recipe


Ishika Goyal for her Black Bean Brownie with Silken Tofu Chocolate Mousse recipe

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About the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care

The Ontario CLRI is funded by the Ministry of Long-Term Care, and hosted at Baycrest Academy for Research and Education, Bruyère Research Institute, and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging.

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