A dedicated care home chef has become an online sensation after serving haute cuisine-inspired dishes to his older residents.
Kevin Nairn, 42, is doing his utmost to serve the 30 residents of Stormont Lodge nursing home in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, in a restaurant style.
His creations range from tasty lasagna served with a garnish to venison and crème brûlée – as well as the hotel’s standard teas.
The proud chef posted images of his food on his Facebook page, where they were shared by his sister Yvonne McDonald.
They have since been appreciated by over 130,000 people, and many praise the high quality of his meals.
A dedicated chef creates incredible dishes, including lasagna, venison and creme brulee for the residents of a Scottish nursing home. Pictured, Kevin’s tasty lasagna
Kevin Nairn, 42, is a chef at Stormont Lodge nursing home in Blairgowrie, Perthshire. Imagined working hard in the kitchen
The chef also makes dishes, including cranberry and brie canapes, vegetable-style Indian pakoras and a traditional cooked breakfast with all the trimmings.
They are all presented in a way that would not look out of place in a top hotel.
Kevin told FEMAIL that he enjoys cooking for the residents, some of whom have dementia.
“It’s everything they look forward to,” he said. “My soups are a treat all the time. All cream soups – tomato soup is one of the biggest I do. ‘
The proud chef posted the images to his Facebook page before being shared by his sister Yvonne McDonald and viewed by more than 130,000 people since. Pictured left: Venison with Cumberland Sauce and Carrots. Pictured right: glazed donuts made by Kevin
Kevin told FEMAIL that he enjoys cooking for the residents, some of whom have dementia. Picture: Creme Brulee on a biscuit base by Oreo
The chef involves Stormont Lodge residents in coming up with his menus by giving them score cards to review his creations. Picture: Mozarella sticks with a chili dip
The chef also makes dishes, including cranberry and brie canapes, like the one pictured above
A traditionally cooked breakfast, complete with haggis and poached eggs, is also on the menu
The chef, who involves the residents of Stormont Lodge in coming up with his menus by giving them scorecards to review his creations, said his background in hotels means that the look of his dishes is important to him.
He said, “If I don’t eat it, I shouldn’t be presenting it. If it doesn’t look attractive, no one eats it and I don’t do my job. ‘
Asked which dishes are residents ‘favorites, Kevin said,’ I just had stewed steak, they love it.
The desserts are also a big treat. Homemade pizzas, too, and of course the lasagna. You don’t expect that, but they like other things. ‘
For sweet treats, Kevin also makes towers from afternoon tea cakes and scones (photo)
The above homemade Orkney Caramel Shortbread Whipped by Kevin look absolutely delicious
Kevin’s sister Yvonne told Bored Panda that she shared the photos of Kevin’s food in hopes that others would see how far he goes for the nursing home residents.
“I’m very proud of my big brother and we always talk about food and recipes,” she said.
When he shared these pictures with me, I just thought, ‘Wow, I need other people to see what he’s doing. ‘
“In this strange time of the COVID-19 closure, healthcare facilities were struggling, and I just wanted people to see the happiness my brother gives residents.”
Kevin is also getting more adventurous, making things like zucchini fritters (left) and Indian-inspired vegetable pakoras
People who saw the photos after being widely shared by Kevin’s sister commented on how gorgeous the dishes looked.
One person wrote, “My elderly mother has been to a nursing home a few times (for a short time), and this message tears me up. That care is great! ‘
Another said, “Getting old got a little less terrifying. Thank you and your brother. ‘
A third added, “They love him because he makes food suitable for people. Because he treats them as such and not as waste. ‘
The above is a strawberry cheesecake made by Kevin, complete with whipped cream and a compote-style sauce