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Eden Heights Assisted Living puts a twist on National Personal Chef Day

A resident and chef switch roles
Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 16, 2019

WEST SENECA, N.Y. — 85-year-old Margaret Maronn, better known around Eden Heights Assisted Living in West Seneca as Peggy, put on her chef's hat and stepped into the kitchen to share some of her wisdom with Dietary Director Pedro Santiago.

"The roles are reversed," Santiago said.

"I'm going to send for the British Army to come in and stand by," Maronn said.

What's she making?

"A peanut butter and jelly sandwich. That's what I can do," Maronn said.

But Maronn's making something a little more special for National Personal Chef Day - chicken and broccoli penne alfredo.

"I'm going to do the best I can... I don't know I'll do any better than what he does," said Maronn.

What dish does she like best? Classic dishes from her home - English food.

"Calves liver... Liver and onions," Maronn said.

Santiago does his best to accommodate all guests requests. He hosts sessions once a month with residents, where he takes suggestions.

"I get to stand in front of them all, with their pitch forks, and good or bad, take it," Santiago said.

Maronn said she never complains.

"I like onions. But well, peppers, I don't like peppers," said Maronn.

The most important question: how did Maronn do in the kitchen? Santiago said just fine.