Food at Archview Lodge Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Ahmett Akkur
Hi, My name is Ahmett, I am the Chef here at Archview. I am originally from Turkey. I am married with two teenage children and I joined Barchester in June 2005 shortly after I arrived in Scotland.
My first role was a kitchen porter and I completed my training at the Chef’s Academy in 2-years. I later became a trainer for the Chef’s Academy and trained many chefs.
Taking care of nutrition, modified diets and creating meals which are delicious and appetising for our residents is always my first priority. I love to get our residents involved with food and we enjoy a Chef’s afternoon together making scones, pizzas, bread and its always the residents choice each time. Getting involved with the activities is great and I enjoy the laughter it brings, our residents always make me smile.
Food and Nutrition at our home
It is essential that the people we support have access to healthy food at all times, so our fantastic catering team are always on hand to prepare tasty and nutritious cuisine. Our food is always cooked to highest standard and with residents’ preferences always in mind. The importance of a balanced diet is never forgotten here, so we offer a varied menu that has something for everyone to enjoy, which you can sample below:
For residents who have difficulties swallowing, we modify the menu of the day so that the dishes are more palatable for them. To support our chefs in producing these dishes, our hospitality team and our Chef Academy organise theory and practical workshops. The chefs work with the chef trainer to prepare tasty, modified meals safely and according to IDDSI frame work. This encourages residents to eat and enjoy their food. All our chefs have been trained in IDDSI food descriptors.
Attracting top chefs
Our chefs are recruited on the basis of an interview with the regional hospitality support team and the manager of the home. Selection also involves a practical element, where potential chefs are asked to cook for and meet a panel of people living in the home. Chefs take their job extremely seriously and the annual Barchester Chef Competition sees our chefs battle it out in regional heats and then at a national final for the accolade of 'Barchester's Chef of the Year'.