Food at Chater Lodge Care Home
Meet our Head Chef, Ola Abiodun
Hello. I am Ola, the Head Chef at Chater Lodge. I ensure we have interesting and varied menus every day, with a mix of traditional favourites and new dishes. I find ways to meet the nutritional needs and dietary preferences of every resident, including serving meals in a variety of consistencies to assist residents who have difficulty swallowing. I get to know every resident and I ask for their feedback on what they enjoyed and what they would like to see on the menu. I work closely with the Activities Coordinator as many of our activities involve baking or tasting food, including our international food tasting days. I have many years’ experience of catering for large numbers of people in a variety of settings. I like to help develop the skills of my colleagues in the kitchen team, encouraging them to contribute to menus and practise new cooking techniques. I know that diet and hydration can be a worry to families so I am always happy to discuss how we can overcome these concerns and put their minds at easy. A favourite part of my job is creating treats and celebrations cakes for birthdays and other special events. I look forward to meeting you.
Food and Nutrition at our home
Our menus are composed of only the best fresh produce and cooked to the highest quality, with aims for the natural aroma and taste to be retained as best as possible. A great deal of care is taken to accommodate all dietary requirements, and our meals are always prepared with the likes and dislikes of residents taken into consideration. We can guarantee that there is something for everyone on our menu, which you can view below:
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'.