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 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'.