Meet our Head Chef, Mandy Glindon
I've been with Barchester for 30 years, joining Cheshire Grange when it opened in 2012. I am passionate about cooking and I love my role at Cheshire Grange. One of the best parts of my job is meeting our residents and finding out what their likes and dislikes are - I truly enjoy preparing home-cooked favourites and it's very rewarding to see everyone enjoying chatting over a delicious meal and a glass of wine.
I love to work with the nursing and care teams to ensure that the food is not only tasty but also nutritious. I enjoy the challenge of preparing special diets for anyone who may need to have things done a little differently and strive to ensure all meals are appetizing and presented beautifully. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family especially when we can all get together for a big family meal - which is usually cooked by me!
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 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'.