Senior Chef Celebration 

Our Senior Chef celebrations are on hold until further notice.

Please stay safe and for all information go to

The Duchess who came to dinner!

On 22 November 2019, our Senior Chef team had a very special sous chef – namely, Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cornwall.  Her Royal Highness included the visit to the Senior Chef programme while Prince Charles travelled to Lincoln University as part of their third joint visit to New Zealand. Christchurch was the third stop on their tour.

Her Royal Highness also launched the new Senior Chef cookbook, Easy Recipes for One or Two, at an event after the cooking session. Pegasus Health Senior Chef Coordinator Wendy Scanlon invited Her Royal Highness on stage where she launched the Senior Chef cookbook.

Wendy said Senior Chef was all about connecting the community, combating loneliness and providing older people with a new sense of purpose.

Her Royal Highness said she was delighted to be invited to the event.

“It’s a real pleasure to be for once surrounded by people my age. I’m feeling a lot better and I’m so impressed by everything you’re doing here.”

She particularly applauded the work the Senior Chefs were doing.

“I do think it is so important as you grow older to be able to cook … I think this school will re-energise older people to like cooking again and eating good food for your body and your mind is vitally important as you get older,” she said.

Her Royal Highness was gifted her own copy of the cookbook and an apron.

Active Ageing is a key focus of the Duchess of Cornwall’s work. The fact that she included the Senior Chef session and recipe book launch on her itinerary is high praise indeed – and certainly endorses Pegasus Health’s shared goals of helping older people stay active and engaged and to support their independence.

  Senior Chef group with HRH 2



HRH and Reg










Watch this video about Senior Chef:

Senior Chef Classes

Senior Chef runs throughout the Canterbury region, including Kaikōura, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Lincoln, Ashburton and Christchurch.

Senior Chef classes are currently on hold and are likely to resume in Term 3, starting the week of 20 July 2020.

For more information contact us on

0800 333 405 or email on


Lincoln Monday 20 July, 10am - 1pm

Avonhead Tuesday 21 July, 10am - 1pm

Linwood Wednesday 22 July, 10am - 1pm

Papanui Thursday 23 July, 10am - 1pm

Ashburton Thursday 23 July, 10am - 1pm

City Friday 24 July, 11am - 2pm

Rangiora Saturday 25 July, 10am - 1pm 


Whangarei, through Whangarei Anglican Care Centre, Nikki Smith 09 437 6397

Whangarei courses starting 23 July & 15 October 2020

What's New

We're keeping in in touch via our Facebook page and regular quarterly newsletter - the next one is due out in June.  

March newsletter 

Enjoy our honey and balsamic roast vegetables and lots of ways to use them.  

We have some hot tips on how to keep your home safe, creative ways to connect with your community and information on our Autumn morning tea celebration. 

Try our beetroot recipes too!

Table Talk March 2020



What's New

We're keeping in in touch via our Facebook page and regular quarterly newsletter.

Our June newsletter is out now!  

Enjoy our kumara recipes and our easy mid-winter Christmas trifle. 

We share new on-line healthy lifestyle programmes for seniors and show off our new promotional video for Senior Chef!

There's information on our term 3 classes plus advice on alcohol.

 Table Talk June 2020