Meet our Head Chef, Davis Mathai
Hello, my name is Davis and I am Head Chef at Canmore Lodge here in Dunfermline. We pride ourselves in making sure our residents enjoy and receive the meals that they want to eat. Spicy food and home baking always goes down a treat!
Food and Nutrition at Canmore Lodge
Here at Canmore Lodge our experienced catering team aims to provide only the best in nutritional and delicious food. Our meals are cooked from fresh and are always served to a high standard. Our chefs cater to each individual’s dietary requirements and tastes. They also love creating cakes for birthdays and other treats for special occasions to make those events that little bit sweeter. Please see below for a flavour of our menu:
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'.