Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Head Chef, Catering and Hospitality Team

I am Andy Dale, Head Chef at Challoner House and I lead my team to provide a varied, nutritional and interesting menu for our residents. Our host Paul is a fundamental member of my team, along with Bev, as they are devoted to ensuring that the dining experience for our residents is an enjoyable and inviting one. Both Paul and Bev spend the most of their time with residents in and around the home to provide not only regular set meals, but refreshments, fruits, pastries amongst other culinary delights throughout the day. As the Head Chef, I will meet all new residents to discuss dietary requirements as well as likes and dislikes as well as special requests. I am supported back of house by Roger and Sue who are valuable members of the team who assist in making sure everything runs as smoothly as possible - we all work very closely together.

Food and Nutrition at Challoner House

Ensuring that each person we care for meets their nutritional and dietary requirements is a big responsibility, which is why our catering team comprises experienced chefs who can deliver a fantastic array of both delicious and nourishing food. Our chefs take into account our residents likes, dislikes and dietary requirements to create a menu that appeals to everyone. We also offer light snacks throughout the day and night to those people who just can’t get enough of our food! For a taste of what we offer, please see the example 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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