As of Wednesday, February 15, 2017
For Theresa Aiken, cooking for 50 isn’t too huge of a stretch.
She has six children, the youngest two of which are still in high school.
“I’m used to cooking for a lot of people,” she smiled.
Aiken is the assistant food services manager at GHR, and helps plan and cook meals for the residents at the facility. She has worked at GHR for eight years.
“I have been in housekeeping and activities and now I’m in the kitchen – I always seem to end up cooking wherever I go,” she laughed.
Besides raising her family and cooking for them, Aiken also spent years working in local eateries.
“I love to cook – from scratch,” she said.
“And I love these people. They are all like my grandparents.”
About a third of the residents have special dietary needs that are accommodated; however, the remainder are “pretty meat and potatoes,” Aiken smiled.
“We have farmers and ranchers and Prairie people who are used to eating a certain way,” she said. “Obviously, we follow all the guide-lines, but we also make it tasty for them so they enjoy what they eat.”
Aiken said GHR has a “great, caring kitchen staff” of about eight people who set menus, prepare food, cook and serve.
“I enjoy what I do and I love to see the people here taken care of,” Aiken emphasized.