Meet our Head Chef, Jacek Binienda
My name is Jacek and I have been the Head chef at Badgeworth Court since 2015. I have been with Barchester since 2004 working in West Sussex for 6 years and Somerset for 5 years until 2015 when I started in Badgeworth Court in Cheltenham.
For me food has been a very important part of my life and I am very passionate about delivering high standards and a high quality of service to my residents, relatives and visitors on a day to day basis. My residents and their needs are always my highest priority in everything that I do. In our kitchen we cater for residents with many nutritional and dietary requirements and tailor our menus according to their needs.
Within 14 years of my Barchester career my highlights would be receiving a 5* rating from EHO from 2010 till present, being a finalist and runner up in the Barchester chef competition in 2010, Barchester best smoothie competition winner in 2012, semi finalist at the Barchester care awards for Chef of the year category in 2013 and Nutritional week competition winner in 2014.
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 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'.