Meet our Head Chef, James Mitchell
James has brought a lot of experience with him to Cherry Blossom Manor, and regularly grows his ingredients on our own allotments. James found his passion for cooking when he did it with his nan growing up. Once completing college, James went on to work in pubs and care homes, which enabled him to share his love for good, wholesome food.
Food and Nutrition at Cherry Blossom Manor
At Cherry Blossom Manor we work very hard to cater for every need. We are very proud of our food, which is always freshly cooked with a wide range of choice. We also offer snacks throughout the day and night, as some of our residents' are unable to manage a full meal. We are particularly proud of our freshly baked cakes, which are enjoyed by everybody. Our chef's are always happy to cater to special requests and individual dietary needs. Please see below for an example of our daily menus.
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'.