Care homes and elderly care from Barchester Healthcare

Meet our Head Chef, Matthew Kelly

Matt started working here as a Kitchen Assistant in 2011, eventually moving to the role of Host, then Trainee Chef, Second Chef and, finally, in February 2016, he became Head Chef. He enjoys chatting with residents and plays football on a Sunday.

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.

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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?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

New care enquiries 01256 441 575

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am-8pm

All other calls 01256 886 436

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