Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Head Chef, James Sweeney

James is the Head Chef at Balclutha Court and started working here in 2006. He oversees a team of seven staff, two of which are assistant Chefs. James gained his experience from being a chef in Germany with the Army and also working on the oil rigs. James and his team strive for very high standards and recently received the highest grade in his external kitchen audit. In 2010 James reached the finals in both the Scottish Care Nutritional Award and Barchester Hospitality Champion. James loves watching and coaching football, playing golf and spending time with his friends and family.

Food and Nutrition at Balclutha Court

Our chefs pride themselves in getting to know each person individually, ensuring that we meet all their nutritional and dietary requirements. We provide delicious home cooked food with a great variety of options available. Our traditional roast dinner and fish teas are a great favourite with the residents. For residents with difficulty in eating and swallowing we modify the menu so that it meets their dietary needs. Throughout the day we offer light snacks and home baking to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. Our team love to host various food related events throughout the year. We strive to deliver tasty nutritious food on a daily basis. To get a taste of the food we serve see our examples menus below.

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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?

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