Food and Nutrition at Ashminster House

Our new Head Chef Stuart has just commenced in his role at Ashminster House.

Stuart has been a Chef since he was sixteen and has worked his way up by progressing through various domains gaining a wealth of experience along the way. Stuart aims to provide food of restaurant quality to our residents using seasonal produce for menus to ensure very high standards of flavour and service. Chefs at Ashminster House take account of all residents likes and dislikes and the menu is created to meet these and promote choice and variety.

There is always a wonderful aroma coming from the kitchen and the team are happy to oblige with requests.

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Dietary requirements

For residents that have difficulties in swallowing we modify the menu of the day so that is it a soft, palatable dish.  To support our chefs in producing these dishes, our hospitality and Chef Academy organises theory and practical workshops.  Working in partnership with Nutricia, our practical workshops involve all chefs and deputy managers learning about dysphagia and producing these modified menus. The chefs work with the chef trainer to prepare fork mashable and thick puree meals to the correct consistency, taste and presentation.  The deputy managers can then ensure all modified menus served are presented correctly for our residents.

Attracting top chefs

Our chefs are recruited on the basis of an interview with the regional hospitality support team and the manager for the home. Selection also involves a practical element where potential cooks are asked to cook for and meet a panel of people living in the home. Chefs take their job extremely seriously and our annual 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'.

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

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