Food at Camellia House Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Trudy Presland
I joined Camellia House in July 2019, having previously worked in a child care setting as a catering manager for 22 years. I have always been in catering, which adds up to over 40 years of experience.
At Camellia House, I have a passion for food, ensuring the residents are always well catered for. I pride myself in getting to know our residents and their particular preferences and dietary requirements. I love using fresh seasonal produce in planning varied and exciting menus. I am fortunate to be part of a great kitchen team.
Our dishes here are constantly evolving, and take into account the desires of those we support, integrating seasonality into everything we prepare. Food and nutrition are at the heart of the home, so it is important that residents can enjoy a balanced diet that caters to individual dietary requirements. Whether people want to try something new and exciting, or just enjoy an old favourite, there is something for everyone on our menu. Please see below for more information:
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'.